The Maternity Grant is a single (tax free) payment of £650.58 (increasing to £667.59 from 3 October 2019) to help with the general cost of having a baby. 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.
Maternity Grant: single payment
Maternity Allowance is paid weekly to help you take time off work to have a baby. It’s paid for a maximum of 18 weeks.
The current rate for Maternity Allowance is £216.86 a week, paid directly into your bank account.
One allowance is paid per pregnancy. The amount is not increased if you have twins or triplets.
Maternity Allowance: weekly payments
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.