About the Maternity Grant
The Maternity Grant is a single (tax free) payment of £612.57 to help with the general cost of having a baby. It's normally paid direct into your bank account.
If you have multiple births (twins, triplets or more), you'll get this amount for each baby.
Your entitlement to Maternity Grant
You, your husband or civil partner, must have paid contributions for at least three months before the end of your relevant quarter.
If you're not married, you can only use the contribution record of your partner if you're in a civil partnership.
About relevant quarters
The year is split into four quarters:
- January, February, March (first quarter)
- April, May, June (second quarter)
- July, August, September (third quarter)
- October, November, December (fourth quarter)
You can work out when you must have paid contributions using the table below.
|When your baby is expected or born||You must have paid three months contributions before the end of||Relevant quarter|
|January to March||September of the previous year||Third quarter|
|April to June||December of the previous year||Fourth quarter|
|July to September||March of the same year||First quarter|
|October to December||June of the same year||Second quarter|
How to claim the Maternity Grant
Your doctor or midwife will give you the claim form that you need, 13 weeks before your baby is due.
Make sure you sign and fill out the form completely, as not completing the form properly can delay your claim.
If you claim before your baby is born, we'll use the date that your baby is expected to work out the relevant quarter.
If you claim after your baby is born, we'll use the actual date your baby was born to work out the relevant quarter.
When you can claim the Maternity Grant
You can claim the grant between 13 weeks before your baby is due to be born, and six months after your baby has been born.
If your baby is born outside Jersey
Jersey has agreements with a number of countries which may help you get the Maternity Grant if your baby is born abroad.
If you would like to know more about these agreements, you can contact the Social Security Department.