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Best Start Grant Pregnancy and Birth Grant

BSG Pregnancy and Baby Payment Toolkit

The Best Start Grant Pregnancy and Baby Grant will replace the UK Sure Start Maternity Grant.  It will improve on the Sure Start Maternity Grant by:

  • paying £600 rather than £500 for the first child, and introducing £300 payments for second and subsequent children
  • extending eligibility to anyone on tax credits or housing benefit and all under 18s.
  • not placing a limit on the number of children who can qualify
  • extending the application window to 24 weeks pregnant to 6 months after birth, giving applicants longer to apply
  • taking applications on the phone and on-line as well as on a paper form, to give a choice depending on the needs of the applicant

Additionally, before Summer 2019

  • a further 2 separate Best Start Grant payments of £250, per child, will be introduced to help with the costs of early learning at the age of 2 or 3 and when they start primary school
  • Best Start Foods smartcards, will replace Healthy Start Vouchers to support low income families with young children to access affordable nutritious food