Pregnancy and Baby Payment

Last updated: 8 March 2019

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.

The Pregnancy and Baby Payment has replaced the Sure Start Maternity Grant in Scotland. You can only apply for the Pregnancy and Baby Payment if you live in Scotland. If you live somewhere else in the UK, you can apply for the Sure Start Maternity Grant. If you've already been paid the Sure Start Maternity Grant for a baby, you cannot be paid the Pregnancy and Baby Payment for the same baby.

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.

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.

If your baby was stillborn, or your baby died after they were born, you can apply up to 6 months after their birth date.

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
Most people who get JSA or ESA get income-based JSA or income-related 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.

What you need to apply

You'll need:

  • 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.

Find out what you can do if you do not know your National Insurance number.

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.

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