Sure Start Maternity Payment

Who is it for?
Expectant or new mothers in families getting IS, income related ESA, income-based JSA, WTC (where it includes disability element) or CTC if paid at more than family element.

Who pays it?
Job Centre Plus (regionalised office), out of ‘Regulated Social Fund’.

Which leaflet? And how is it claimed?
NI17A + SB16. On Social Fund form SF100 on request from Job Centre Plus office or by phone to regional office. Claim from 11 weeks before birth to 3 months after.

What are the age limits?
From 16 upwards. Younger mothers may qualify if part of parents’ benefit claim.

National Insurance based?

Means tested?
No but must be getting qualifying benefit.

How long does it last?
One-off payment

What is effect on other benefits?

Is it taxable?

Increases for dependants?

Payable if in EU or other?
Depends on UK residence.

Points to watch
Not payable unless claimant proves that they have received child and maternity care from a health professional. Payable to eligible adoptive parents. Check Social Fund for further help as Community Care Grant.

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


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