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Sure Start Maternity Grant - How do I claim a Sure Start Maternity Grant?

A Sure Start Maternity Grant is a one-off payment to help with the costs of having a new-born or adopted baby.

How do I claim a Sure Start Maternity Grant?

In England and Wales

Contact your local Jobcentre Plus Office for a claim form

Download a Sure Start Maternity Grant claim form from the Department for Work and Pensions website

In Northern Ireland

Contact your local Social Security/Jobs and Benefits Office for a claim form

Print out and fill in a Sure Start Maternity Grant claim form on the NI Direct website.

What documents will I need to claim a Sure Start Maternity Grant?

You will need to provide evidence that you have received the advice of a health professional on the health and welfare needs of your baby. There is a certificate for this on the back of the claim form that you will need to get signed by a healthcare professional, for example:

•    A community or hospital midwife
•    A health visitor
•    Your doctor.

When will my Sure Start Maternity Grant claim begin?

You can claim from the eleventh week before the baby is due and up to six months after the baby is born.

If you are adopting a child the claim must be made within six months of the date of the adoption.

Reviewed: September 2021

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