The Parental Grant is a single (tax free) payment of £674.94 to help with the general cost of bringing a child into your family. It's normally paid directly into your bank account.
If you have multiple children (twins, triplets or more), you'll get this amount for each child.
Parental Grant: single payment
Parental Allowance is paid weekly to help you take time off work to spend with a child. It’s paid for a maximum of 32 weeks shared between up to two parents.
The current rate for Parental Allowance is £224.98 a week, paid directly into your bank account.
One allowance is paid per pregnancy or adoption. The amount is not increased if you have or adopt twins or triplets.
Parental Allowance: weekly payments
Family friendly employment legislation 2020
New family friendly employment legislation has been introduced from 28 June 2020, providing breastfeeding rights for new mothers. From 5 July 2020, it also allows new parents up to
52 weeks of leave following the birth of their baby as well as an increase in paid paternal leave from 2 weeks to 6 weeks for the second parent (the partner of the birth mother).
Family friendly employment legislation
If you stay at home to care for a child under school age, or you work 20 hours or less per week, you can apply to protect your Social Security contribution record with a credit called Home Responsibility Protection.
This protects your entitlement to a pension and Survivor’s Benefit while you’re not working.
It doesn’t cover you for sickness or maternity benefits.
Contribution credits for parents working 20 hours or less: Home Responsibility Protection (HRP)
You can apply for Income Support if you:
- are on a low household income
- pass the Income Support residence test
- are working, looking for work or exempt from looking for work
Find out if you can claim, how to apply for Income Support, and details about emergency support and special payments.