Benefits for parents, children and young people

There may be financial help available to help you with the cost of having a baby or bringing up a child.

Before making any claims for benefits please ensure that you register the birth within the first 21 days of your baby being born.

From 15 August 2017 all new born babies in Scotland are entitled to a Baby Box

Many parents are entitled to financial support to help with the cost of having a baby or bringing up a child.  The following is a list of financial support which may be available to you during pregnancy, once you have had a baby or when you have become responsible for a child, eg through adoption.

Financial/ "in-kind" assistanceWhat is it?Who qualifies?
Sure Start Maternity GrantA one off payment of £500 to help with the cost of your first child.If you are at least 28 weeks pregnant (or have given birth or become responsible for a child within the last 3 months) and get certain benefits.
Statutory Maternity Pay A weekly payment of 90% of  your average weekly earnings for the first 6 weeks then £139.58 of 90% of your average weekly earnings (whichever is lower) for the next 33 weeks.You must have worked for your employer for at least 26 weeks up to the 15th week before the due date of your baby and have average gross earnings of at least £112.00 per week.

Statutory Paternity Pay

A weekly payment of £139.58 or 90% of your average weekly earnings (whichever is lower).You must be the child's biological father or adopter, the mother's partner or have responsibility for the child's upbringing. You must have worked for your employer for at least 26 weeks up to the 15th week before the due date of your baby and have average gross earnings of at least £112.00 per week.

Statutory Adoption Pay 

A weekly payment of £139.58 or 90% of your average weekly earnings (whichever is lower) for up to 39 weeks.You must have worked for your employer for at least 26 weeks before the week you were matched with a child and have average gross earnings of at least £112.00 per week.
Maternity Allowance A weekly payment of £139.58 or 90% of your average weekly earnings (whichever is lower) for up to 39 weeks.You may get Maternity Allowance 11 weeks before your baby is due if you do not qualify for Statutory Maternity Pay.
Child Benefit£20.70 per week for your first child and £13.70 for each subsequent child.If you are responsible for a child or qualifying young person.
Tax CreditsTax Credits consist of Child Tax Credit and Working Tax Credit.  With a new baby, you may be eligible for one or for both.Check your entitlement online.
Healthy Start Vouchers

Free vouchers to spend on milk, fruit, vegetables and formula.  You can also get free vitamins.

Those who are pregnant or have children under the age of 4. 

Claiming Disability Living Allowance for a child

If you have a child aged under 16 who is disabled or affected by a long-term health problem, they may qualify for Disability Living Allowance (DLA).  It is tax-free and is disregarded as an income for means-tested benefits. If awarded, you can get an increase in Child Tax Credit. 

Children and young people in hospital

Children and young people under 18 years old continue to be paid their DLA or Personal Independence Payment (PIP) while in hospital.  New claims for DLA or PIP can also be made for them and if awarded the benefit would go into payment.  Connected benefits such as Carers Allowance and the Motability scheme may also continue so long as the rules for them are satisfied.

Being turned down for benefit

If you have been turned down for a benefit or have received a decision that you are not happy about, you can ask for the decision to be looked at again. This is called a mandatory reconsideration. If the decision is not revised in your favour, you can appeal against the decision. . 

Other help

 

Contact details

Welfare Rights Team

Pullar House, 35 Kinnoull Street, Perth, PH1 5GD
Tel 01738 476900 (Option 1)