Baby Benefits

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Found 18th Feb 2009
Me and the Girlfriend are expecting our first Bundle this July.

I was wondering if people know what benefits we would be entitled to??

We know about Child Benefit of £20 weekly.

We have been told about a benefit called surestart??!!

We know there is one that the Government give £250 to put into Bank Account for baby for when its Older.

People have been telling us about claiming £ 190 here £500 pound there. I just want to get my head around what we are entitled to.

Also i have just been made redundant so whilst actively looking for work i am looking out for the best way to provide for my Family!!

Has anyone got info on what we are entitled to??

ps thanks to the people yesterday who gave good input into my job app, ( Mistrelman, your a star)


Thanks

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does your girlfriend work? If she works over 16 hours you will be entitled to tax credits if not, you can get a sure starts maternity grant of £500 and a healthy grant with is about £190. Also she can get income support and you can get jobseekers alowance. I work in this industry so no quite a bit. lol

there's a website called entitledto i'll have a look for the link for you now x x

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I was made redundant last Thursday so i am actively looking for work.

Also i was paid 3 months leui of notice so i think that affects me with Jobseekers etc etc. Not that i want as i would like to be in work.

Gets out the popcorn!!

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Angelstar;4415369

there's a website called entitledto i'll have a look for the link for you … there's a website called entitledto i'll have a look for the link for you now x x



Thank you :thumbsup:

Mistrelman, your a star



I know :lol:

speak to local chavs, they're best people to talk too make sure you're getting everything you're entitled too, don't forget its not just stuff from the government, sign up to the boots/tesco/bounty/pampers parenting clubs, boots specifically is top draw, you'll get loads of freebies and coopons.

Just to point out the £250 is for a child trust fund and not like a cheque you can just cash into your bank account, you choose where to invest it otherwise they do on your behalf.

Oh and Congratulations :thumbsup:

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Angelstar;4415376

http://www.entitledto.co.uk/here ya go



Thank you Angel

I know from experience there is the sure start maternity grant I had £500 to help towrds the cost of buying things for the baby, You have to get the form off your midwife, tax credits then whenyou have the baby and family allowance, also a healthy eating grant when she is over 20 or 25 weeks pregnant I think. The best bet is try the entitled to link and also speak to your local dss they should be able to tell you what you are entitled to.

leeroy;4415394

Thank you :thumbsup:



your very welcome, good luck with the baby x x x x x :thumbsup::thumbsup:

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MinstrelMan;4415396

I know :lol:speak to local chavs, they're best people to talk too make … I know :lol:speak to local chavs, they're best people to talk too make sure you're getting everything you're entitled too, don't forget its not just stuff from the government, sign up to the boots/tesco/bounty/pampers parenting clubs, boots specifically is top draw, you'll get loads of freebies and coopons.Just to point out the £250 is for a child trust fund and not like a cheque you can just cash into your bank account, you choose where to invest it otherwise they do on your behalf.Oh and Congratulations :thumbsup:



Yeah thanks, we're aware of this so we'll be setting the fund up and then adding to it so then they have a start when they become 18yrs old.

Thanks, Girlfriend is 20 weeks today so we got the big scan next week.!

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nkje02;4415345

does your girlfriend work? If she works over 16 hours you will be … does your girlfriend work? If she works over 16 hours you will be entitled to tax credits if not, you can get a sure starts maternity grant of £500 and a healthy grant with is about £190. Also she can get income support and you can get jobseekers alowance. I work in this industry so no quite a bit. lol



Hi yes she works full time. So is it one or the other then?? Tax Credit if under 16 hours and the Sure start if over 16 hours??

leeroy;4415423

Yeah thanks, we're aware of this so we'll be setting the fund up and then … Yeah thanks, we're aware of this so we'll be setting the fund up and then adding to it so then they have a start when they become 18yrs old.Thanks, Girlfriend is 20 weeks today so we got the big scan next week.!



rather that contributing to your CTF straight away, shop around for childs bank accounts first, due to the economic climate I have no idea if some of these accounts exist any more, but I got a 10% intrest rate on Halifax's Childs Regular Saver Account, and put in £100 per month there for the first year before moving it to another account. Just beware where you're investing the CTF as investment value can go down as well as up

My sister (single parent) has just had her baby, went to the Benefits agency and was told because she gets paid to much she cannot have anything

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MinstrelMan;4415515

rather that contributing to your CTF straight away, shop around for … rather that contributing to your CTF straight away, shop around for childs bank accounts first, due to the economic climate I have no idea if some of these accounts exist any more, but I got a 10% intrest rate on Halifax's Childs Regular Saver Account, and put in £100 per month there for the first year before moving it to another account. Just beware where you're investing the CTF as investment value can go down as well as up



Thanks for this info Mistrel. Will have a shop around!

down to 8% now, but still pretty high given the current climate: halifax.co.uk/sav…asp

Congratulations on your expected bundle of joy!

At 20 weeks you're half way through the pregnancy so you still have plenty of time to *hopefully* find work. Traipse round the temporary agencies. Apply for any job you can get even if its not something you would usually consider. Your baby is going to need all the money you can make for him/her.

Once the baby is born you are entitled to child benefit *whether working or not*. You'll get this until the child reaches 16, or longer if they remain in full time education.

If you are working you'll also be able to claim child tax credits and working tax credits. This is by far the most helpful benefit you can claim but you do have to be in work to claim it.

Check out the sure start grant that other's have mentioned.

If you still arent in work by the time baby is born you'll receive extra income support but it is awful for a family to have to try and survive on that.

When she gets her bounty baby pack join all the baby clubs you can think of. They send you free samples etc which will at least help. Consider buying second hand ( baby clothes especially can be worn for like two weeks before they are outgrown they hardly get any wear at all ) and if people offer you their seconds SAY YES and smile!

My childs trust fund has steadily lost money each yr. I paid in the 250 and ten pounds each month for over three years and its now worth less than the 250 i started with! Such is the economic climate at the moment.

Good luck with the new baby and also in finding work x x x

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ClarityofMind;4415959

Congratulations on your expected bundle of joy!At 20 weeks you're half … Congratulations on your expected bundle of joy!At 20 weeks you're half way through the pregnancy so you still have plenty of time to *hopefully* find work. Traipse round the temporary agencies. Apply for any job you can get even if its not something you would usually consider. Your baby is going to need all the money you can make for him/her.Once the baby is born you are entitled to child benefit *whether working or not*. You'll get this until the child reaches 16, or longer if they remain in full time education. If you are working you'll also be able to claim child tax credits and working tax credits. This is by far the most helpful benefit you can claim but you do have to be in work to claim it. Check out the sure start grant that other's have mentioned. If you still arent in work by the time baby is born you'll receive extra income support but it is awful for a family to have to try and survive on that. When she gets her bounty baby pack join all the baby clubs you can think of. They send you free samples etc which will at least help. Consider buying second hand ( baby clothes especially can be worn for like two weeks before they are outgrown they hardly get any wear at all ) and if people offer you their seconds SAY YES and smile!My childs trust fund has steadily lost money each yr. I paid in the 250 and ten pounds each month for over three years and its now worth less than the 250 i started with! Such is the economic climate at the moment.Good luck with the new baby and also in finding work x x x



Thats wonderful, thank you very much

leeroy;4416103

Thats wonderful, thank you very much



You're welcome. Don't let your financial and job worries allow you to forget this is such a wonderful time for you and your girlfriend.


make sure you are there for the scan and get piccies!!

Congratulations x x x

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you are entitled to £500 grant also thats the sure start maternity grant : u can claim that 11 weeks b4 the babys due and up to 4 weeks after the babys born hope it helps

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toni15500;4418801

you are entitled to £500 grant also thats the sure start maternity grant … you are entitled to £500 grant also thats the sure start maternity grant : u can claim that 11 weeks b4 the babys due and up to 4 weeks after the babys born hope it helps



Thanks

leeroy;4415513

Hi yes she works full time. So is it one or the other then?? Tax Credit … Hi yes she works full time. So is it one or the other then?? Tax Credit if under 16 hours and the Sure start if over 16 hours??



no if its just one of you working and on low income you will get the sure start if you work over 16 hours.
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