The Pregnancy and Baby Payment is a cash payment for the parents, or carers, of a baby.
It's paid to help cover some of the costs of having children. These costs could be things like needing a pram or buying clothes for your baby but, because it's a cash payment, you can choose how you need to spend the money.
What you can get
If you get the payment for your first child, you'll be paid £600.
You'll be paid £300 if you get the payment for any other child, such as your second or third child.
Your first child can be a stepchild, or a child you've taken over looking after, if they're your oldest child under 16 and you get Child Tax Credit, Child Benefit or Universal Credit child payments for them.
|Only if one of the babies is your first child||Any other baby in the same birth||Your payment to help with the costs of having more than 1 baby, such as twins or triplets|
Who should apply for the Pregnancy and Baby Payment
If you're a baby's birth mother, you can apply from 24 weeks pregnant up to the day your baby is 6 months old.
You can apply whether the baby is your first or not.
If you're not the birth mother, you can apply if you're living with the birth mother and the two of you are a couple, married or civil partners.
You can apply if:
- you're getting Child Tax Credit, Child Benefit or Universal Credit child payments for the baby you want to apply for, or for the baby's birth mother
- you've started looking after a baby under one, such as if you're a kinship carer
You have until your baby's first birthday to apply if you've taken over looking after a baby, such as if you adopt or are a kinship carer.
For the baby you want to apply for, you must get 1 of these:
- Child Tax Credit
- Child Benefit
- Universal Credit child payments
If you do not get 1 of these, you need to have a court order that shows you've taken over looking after the child you want to apply for.
What else affects whether you can apply
If you're over 18, you can apply whether you're in work or not, but you must be getting one of these:
- Child Tax Credit
- Universal Credit
- Income Support
- Pension Credit
- Working Tax Credit
- Housing Benefit
- Income-based Jobseekers Allowance (JSA), not 'contribution based' JSA
- Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA), not 'contribution based' ESA
Your income, or the amount you get of any of these payments or benefits, does not matter. You just need to be getting at least 1 of them.
If you're not getting any of these benefits or payments, but have applied for 1, you can still apply for the Pregnancy and Baby Payment.
The only time you might not need to get any payments or benefits is if you're 18 or 19 and all these things apply to you:
- you're going to school or college for at least 12 hours a week - this does not include university
- you started your course before you were 19
- if you're on a training course, it's a training course that is not arranged by someone you work for
- your parent or carer gets Child Tax Credit, Child Benefit or Universal Credit child payments for you
If these things apply to you, you'll need to send proof of the course you're on, such as a letter from your school or college. This will need to show:
- the name of your school or college, or the name of the place that provides your training
- the name of your course
- your course's start and end dates
- your full name
Your parent or carer can apply if you do not. When they apply, they'll need to give us your details, but they do not need to send any proof of the course you're on. They only need to be getting Child Tax Credit, Child Benefit or Universal Credit child payments for you.
If you're under 18, you do not need to be on any payments or benefits to get the Pregnancy and Baby Payment.
You can apply in one of two ways:
- apply yourself
- someone else can apply for you as long as they get Child Benefit, Child Tax Credit or Universal Credit child payments for you
What you need to apply
- your name, date of birth and address
- if you have a partner, their name and date of birth
- your bank, credit union or building society account details - you can be paid the Pregnancy and Baby Payment in the same way you're paid for your other benefits if you do not have one of these accounts - if you want to request this call 0800 182 2222 (freephone, 8am to 6pm, Monday to Friday)
- details of any children you have or care for
Social Security Scotland can contact Baby Box to confirm the details of your pregnancy. If you agree to this, you do not need to contact anyone else, or send any forms or documents. Social Security Scotland will do this for you.
You should also give your National Insurance number when you apply. If you do not give your National Insurance number to Social Security Scotland it could cause a delay.
If you need help to apply, or you'd prefer to apply by phone, you can call 0800 182 2222.
The 10 sections of the form should take about 10-20 minutes to complete.
You and your data
If you want to know more about how Social Security Scotland use your data, you can read the privacy notice about the Pregnancy and Baby Payment.