Statutory Maternity Pay
If you are in work, you may be entitled to Statutory Maternity Pay from your employer. If you are not entitled to SMP you may be entitled to Maternity Allowance - contact an advice centre or the Social Security Office. It is also worth checking your entitlement to Income Support Whether you work or not, you may be entitled to a Sure Start Maternity Grant from the Social Fund, Health in Pregnancy Grant - see One Off Grants and Loans.
Sure Start Maternity Grants
These are to help with the costs of a new baby. You or a member of your family must get Income Support, Jobseekers Allowance. Some people who receive Child Tax Credit and Working Tax Credit may be able to apply. There are also other rules - check with the Department for Work and Pensions or an advice centre.