Extra Cash For Mums-To-Be
From April 2009, all mums-to-be can claim a one-off, tax-free payment of £190 from HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC).
The payment is called 'Health in Pregnancy Grant' and is to help mums prepare for the birth of their baby. The grant is available to women who are at least 25 weeks pregnant, have an expected delivery date on or after 6 April 2009, and have received health advice from a midwife or doctor.
The grant will not affect tax credits or any other benefits. Everyone will get the same amount and will not be asked about their income. Women who wish to claim should ask for a form from their midwife or doctor. HMRC will pay the grant directly into their bank or building society account any time from April 2009 onwards.
Mary Creagh MP for Wakefield, said: "As a recent mother myself I know how stressful it can be when a new baby comes. Worrying about all those extra things that you need to buy, and forgetting that babies go through many more nappies than you originally thought! I know how hard it can be to eat well when you're rushing around but good food for mum is vital for baby in the last 3 months. Low birthweight babies are at risk of all sort of problems and it can affect their health throughout their life. I just hope that this extra money can help ease some of the worries facing mums-to-be. Along with Children's centres, childcare vouchers, the right to request flexible working and child tax credits I am delighted that Labour continues to offer women and their families real help now."