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Best Start Grants Scotland - Can I get a Pregnancy and Baby Payment?

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Can I get a Pregnancy and Baby Payment?

Applies to: Scotland

You can get a Pregnancy and Baby Payment even if you already have other children.

You can get a Pregnancy and Baby Payment if:

  • You live in Scotland; and
  • You are receiving any of these benefits
    • Universal Credit; or
    • Child Tax Credit; or
    • Working Tax Credit; or
    • Income Support; or
    • Income-based Jobseeker's Allowance (JSA); or
    • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA); or
    • Housing Benefit.

If you are 18 or 19 and still in relevant education, and someone is getting Child Benefit, Child Tax Credit or the Child Element of Universal Credit for you, you might be able to get a Pregnancy and Baby Payment even if you aren’t receiving any benefits.

To claim a Pregnancy and Baby Payment you also need to be 

  • The baby’s birth mother and more than 24 weeks pregnant; or

  • The parent (or partner of the parent) of a child under 6 months old who you are responsible for; or

  • Getting Child Tax Credit, Child Benefit or the Child element of Universal Credit for a baby under 6 months old; or

  • The adoptive parent or kinship carer of a child under the age of 1, and you are either getting Child Tax Credit, Child Benefit or the Child element of Universal Credit, or you have a court order that shows you are responsible for the child.

If your child was stillborn after 24 weeks of pregnancy or if your child has died, you can still get a Pregnancy and Baby Payment.

In most cases, you cannot get a Pregnancy and Baby Payment if someone else has already had one for the same child. There are exceptions to this if the child does not usually live with the person who received the payment for him/her. If this is the case for you, you should speak to an adviser.

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