As usual, I’ve been trawling the internet in the free time between snuggles, feeds and nappy changes, for anything useful to myself, my partner and now little one.
From being on the council list (fingers crossed), to receiving Universal Credit due to the appalling amount of ‘pay’ for Paternity Leave (£150 a week – seriously!), to last weeks Childcare Grant and Parents Learning Allowance, I’m making sure I get ANYTHING and EVERYTHING I can.
This week it’s the Sure Start Maternity Grant of £500!
The UK, in particular Wales, I have praised a few times for their benefits, grants, second degree STEM finance and now parental and childcare aid. This week is no different.
The Sure Start Maternity Grant is a one off payment of £500 to be paid from 11 weeks before a baby is due up to 6 months after. It is meant to help people from lower income backgrounds with their first child, or further children if you are expecting twins or even (gulp) triplets.
We believe we’ve been able to qualify. Remember that paternity pay of £150 a week? Well, because of this we got Universal Credit this month of £200-ish to top up my partners earnings. Getting UC is one of the qualifying factors for the grant.
THANK YOU, BROKEN PATERNITY SYSTEM!
I do not agree with the appalling pay, it’s worse than holiday, nor do I agree with a meagre two weeks. However, if we’d have had more money we wouldn’t be able to apply for this, so who really loses here?
I’m not 100% sure if we will still get the grant, but according to the website states “to qualify for a Sure Start Maternity Grant there must be no other children in your family. You or your partner must also get one of these benefits:
- Income Support
- income-based Jobseeker’s Allowance
- income-related Employment and Support Allowance
- Pension Credit
- Child Tax Credit
- Working Tax Credit that includes a disability or severe disability element
- Universal Credit“
SO… we do qualify then?
Seriously, never ever stop looking and applying for anything and everything, even if you think it’s a no-go. Better to try and fail than miss out!
We will have to wait and see what we get!