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. From 1 October 2017, this rate will change to £628.53. It's normally paid directly into your bank account.
If you have multiple births (twins, triplets or more), you'll get this amount for each baby.
The Maternity Grant is one of two maternity benefits that we offer. The other is Maternity Allowance.
Maternity Allowance: weekly payments
Your entitlement to Maternity Grant
Your entitlement for a Maternity Grant is based on your Social Security contributions.
You, your husband or civil partner must have paid full contributions for at least 13 weeks before the end of your relevant quarter over the whole of your Social Security record.
If you don’t have the contributions needed, we can look at your husband’s or civil partner’s Social Security record if you’ve put their details on your claim form.
If you're not married, you can only use the contribution record of your partner if you're in a civil partnership.
If you're staying in another country when your baby is born, the contribution requirements are different. You must have full contributions or credits for all three months of your relevant quarter.
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|
If you paid your contributions late in your relevant quarter, you might not be entitled to the Maternity Grant.
If you’re also claiming Maternity Allowance, this has a different relevant quarter.
Maternity Allowance: weekly payments
How to claim the Maternity Grant
Your doctor or midwife will give you a maternity claim form at least 13 weeks before your baby is due.
Make sure you sign and fill out the form completely. If you don’t, this could delay your claim.
If you’re claiming on your husband’s or civil partner’s Social Security record, you must also send us a copy of your marriage or civil partnership certificate.
If you’re divorced or your civil partnership has been dissolved, you can use your ex-partner’s Social Security records if they are the parent of your child. If you’re a widow claiming on a dead civil partner’s or husband’s record, or if a civil partner or husband is over 65, there are special conditions. Contact us for more information.
When you can claim the Maternity Grant
You can claim the grant any time between 13 weeks before your baby is due to be born, and six months after your baby is born.
If you claim your Maternity Grant before your baby is born, we'll work out the relevant quarter based on your baby's due date.
If you claim after your baby is born, we'll work out the relevant quarter based on your baby's date of birth.
If your baby is born outside Jersey
If you’re staying in another country when your baby is born, the contribution requirements are different.
You must have full contributions or credits for all three months of your relevant quarter.
Maternity Grant and other benefits
A Maternity Grant does not affect any other Social Security contributory benefits or Income Support you receive.