Who is it for?
All women giving birth on or after 6 April 2009. Payable from 25th week of pregnancy.
Who pays it?
Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs
Which leaflet? And how is it claimed?
Click here to be taken to the DirectGov site for information.
What are the age limits?
None – parents aged under 16 can claim without having an N.I. number
National Insurance based?
How long does it last?
What is effect on other benefits?
Is it taxable?
Increases for dependants?
Payable if in EU or other?
Check with Overseas Benefits Directorate Newcastle-upon-Tyne NE98 1YX. Tel: 0191 213 5000.
Points to watch
The claim must include a certificate signed by a health professional confirming that advice has been given to the claimant on matters relating to her maternal health; Claim must be made within 31 days of the certificate being signed.
You can view details of benefit amounts on the Community Care Inform website
The A-Z of Benefits 2009 was compiled by Gary Vaux and Community Care Inform