From April 2009, if you’re a mum-to-be who is at least 25 weeks' pregnant, you can claim a one-off, tax-free payment of £190 from HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC).
The payment is called a ‘Health in Pregnancy’ grant and is to help you prepare for the birth of your baby. You can get the grant if all of the following apply:
- you are at least 25 weeks' pregnant;
- your expected date of delivery is on or after 6 April 2009;
- you have been given health advice by a midwife or doctor.
You may not get the grant if:
- you are subject to immigration control;
- you are not present, not ordinarily resident, or don't have a right to reside in the UK.
The Health in Pregnancy grant is a one-time payment of £190 for each pregnancy. It will not affect your tax credits or any other benefits. Everyone will get the same amount – you will not be asked about your income.
You can get a claim form from your midwife or doctor now and they must fill in their part of the form and sign it before giving it to you. You will need to get your claim form to HMRC within 31 days of your midwife or doctor signing the form – otherwise you may miss out on the grant.
Please note that the government intends to stop paying the Health in Pregnancy Grant for woman who reach the 25th week of their pregnancy on or after 1 January 2011.