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Parental Grant

The Parental Grant is a single (tax free) payment of £697.41 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 pay 

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 £232.47 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

Family friendly employment legislation includes:

  • entitlements for birth mothers in relation to pregnancy and breastfeeding
  • an entitlement for both parents of 52 weeks of leave following the birth of their baby
  • for the second parent, an increase in paid parental leave from 2 weeks to 6 weeks
  • the same benefits introduced for adoptive and surrogate parents
  • new entitlements to time off for ante-natal or pre-adoptive appointments

For more information on these new family friendly rights and the effect of the changes to the Employment Law, visit the Jersey Advisory and Conciliation Service (JACS) website.

Family friendly employment legislation

Contribution credits

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)

Income Support 

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.

Claiming Income Support

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