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Benefits and supports for expecting mothers and families with children in England. Child Benefit, Maternity Allowance, Sure Start Maternity Grant. Self-employed people in England can also be eligible.

Child Benefit in Britain

You are eligible to receive child benefit if you are a single parent or couple living with children. You do not have to be married but you must live together. Only one of you can apply.


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You should also meet the following criteria:

  • Your child is under the age of 16 (or he or she has will have reached the age of 16 by  the 31st of August  that year) or Your child is attending a government recognised place of education and is under 20 years of age.
  • You have been a resident in the United Kingdom for at least 3 months. You will need to provide proof such as household bills, bank statements or a tax return.
  • You have stettled or pre-settled status if you are not British.

You will receive £21.15 per week for your first child, and £14 per additional child.

What you need:

  • National Insurance Number
  • Proof of address
  • Proof of settled or pre-settled status in the UK if you are not British
  • If you work, you will need your employment contract, statements of earnings – payslips. The same is required from your partner if you are applying as a couple.
  • If you are self employed, you will need your tax and accounting books.
  • Child’s Birth Certificate original.
  • Child’s passport if born abroad.

You can make an application by filling in a Child Benefit Form.
If your circumstances change, you must report it to the Child Benefit Office within 1 month.

Universal Credit

You can apply for additional benefits under Universal Credit, which includes support for families with children and a childcare contribution. You can read more about Universal Credit here.

Maternity Allowance

You are eligible for maternity allowance:


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  • If you are an employee or self employed, but you are not eligible for statutory maternity pay or have recently become unemployed.
  • You have been working for at least 26 weeks and you are at least 26 weeks pregnant.
  • If you have been registered as a self employed for at least 26 weeks or have been paying £3.05 Class 2 National Insurance per week for at least 13 weeks.
  • You have been earning at least £30 a week for at least 13 weeks.
  • You have been a resident in the United Kingdom for at least 3 months. You will need to provide proof such as household bills, bank statements or tax return.
  • You have stettled or pre-settled status in the UK if you are not British.

How much you will get

You will get £151.20 or 90% of your average weekly pay before tax, whichever is lower for up to 39 weeks. The payment will start 11 weeks before childbirth.

If you do not qualify for any of the above conditions, you will receive £27 weekly allowance for 14 weeks.

If you are self employed and met most of the criteria above but you have not paid enough Class 2 NI contribution, you will only get £27 per week for 39 weeks. The tax office may offer you a pre-payment of the missing NI contribution so you can be entitled to receive full allowance.

What do you need:

  • National Insurance Number
  • Proof of address such as bank statements, tenancy agreement, gas, water, electricity, council tax bills, etc.
  • Proof of settled or pre-settled status in the UK if you are not British
  • Employment contract or payslips if you are employed.
  • Proof of class 2 NI payment, your UTR number, statement of earnings from your accountant if you are self employed.
  • Medical certificate of the due date.
  • If you have applied for Statutory Maternity Pay but have been rejected, please attach the rejected form.

To apply fill in and post a MA1 Maternity Allowance form.
If your circumstances change within 1 month, you must it report it to Jobcentre Plus.

Benefit cap

The maximum benefits amount you can receive is:

  • If you are a couple or a single parent living with children, you can get up to £442.31 per week if you live in London and £384.62 per week living outside of London.
  • If you are single person, you can get up to £296.35 per week if you live in London and £257.69 per week living outside of London.

For further advice, please contact your local Citizen Advice Bureau.

Sure Start Maternity Grant

It is a one off £500 donation.
You may apply for maternity donation:

  • When the first child is born in your family.
  • If you receive at least one of the following benefit: Income Support, Job-seeker’s Allowance, Child Tax Credit, Income-Related Employment and Support Allowance, Working Tax Credit, Universal Credit.
  • You have been a resident in the United Kingdom for at least 3 months. You will need to provide proof such as household bills, bank statements or tax return.

You can apply between the from 11 weeks before childbirth and until 3 months after delivery.

What do you need:

  • Proof of the received benefit 
  • Medical certificate and expected date of childbirth
  • SF100 Maternity Grant  application form.
  • The completed the application form must be signed by your doctor or midwife.
    Take them to the local Jobcentre or post it to the address given on the form.