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£500 grant

(149 Posts)
SammyFirstBaby Mon 25-Mar-13 11:27:47

iv filled it out but my midwife (iv jist moved) is fully booked as she only does appointments on Thursdays and every time I ring the doctor they dont have emergancy appointments. basicly I cant see anyone till at least 3 weeks.
buy then ill be 37 weeks. I need to get my grant stamped to get the buggy and moses basket, I have everything else.
any idea if someone at the hospital could do it? iv got a scan next week as hes a bit small but can they stamp it?
also is there anyway I can get it in to the benefit office quicker and not have to wait weeks? smile

TinkyPeet Mon 25-Mar-13 11:35:03

Can you not drop it in the surgery and just ask that it's stamped when they have a spare minute? X

SammyFirstBaby Mon 25-Mar-13 11:38:11

I asked that but "the doctor doesnt have spare time hence why you couldnt get an appointment"
there not the friendliest of surgery's. hmm

GoSuckEggs Mon 25-Mar-13 11:39:43

tell me about this grant..... never heard of it before

PearlyWhites Mon 25-Mar-13 11:40:17

Yes a hospital midwife can stamp it

StormyBrid Mon 25-Mar-13 11:45:58

Did you print out the form, or have you got a proper copy with official freepost envelope? If you're after a quick turnaround, make sure it's a proper copy - I first applied with a printed out one in early January and finally got the cash today because the first two printed out applications got lost in the post.

Maybe check round the local children's centres, see when they run ante- and post-natal clinics, and pop in and see if a midwife could squeeze you in for two minutes?

Guntie Mon 25-Mar-13 11:51:08

Gosuck this explains it.

laurajane89 Mon 25-Mar-13 14:11:54

I thought that the goverment stopped the grant

Rockchick1984 Mon 25-Mar-13 14:19:03

First time mums on benefits still get it Laura

laurajane89 Mon 25-Mar-13 14:20:38

Oh right, i cant get it then cause im not on benifits sad

curlywurlycremeegg Mon 25-Mar-13 14:22:53

The midwife has to sign to say you have recieved antenatal care. So she may not sign it if you just leave it at reception as being a new patient she will not have seen any of the care documented in your notes. I would just take it to the hospitaland see if anyone there will sign it, as long as they have ssen your notes I can see no issues with that.

GoSuckEggs Tue 26-Mar-13 17:47:26

oh how lovely, only if on benefits. hmm

JakeBullet Tue 26-Mar-13 17:54:31

That's correct...do you have a problem with that GoSuck?

It's for those who literally have no other means of help towards things.....and before anyone makes the comment.....sometimes pregnancy isn't planned and contraception fails etc. Its a help towards the costs and nothing else.

scarlettsmummy2 Tue 26-Mar-13 17:57:15

I think it's great that those in need get it- it's for the babies benefit. Those wanting to do some benefit bashing should walk a day in the shoes of someone claiming them!

laurajane89 Tue 26-Mar-13 18:04:21

I personally think that people who arent on benefits should also get some kind of help aswell because having a baby is expensive and pregnancies arent always planned

Well I suppose that what your wages are for??

Being on benefits means you have the bare minimum to live on.
Or did you think it was all 60inch Telly's and iPads FFS?

Lj8893 Tue 26-Mar-13 18:09:08

I can see how irritating it is for those not on benefits though.....£500 would be extremely helpful for us, yet because we both work full time we don't qualify for any kind of benefit, even though we are both of minimum wage (and will struggle lots when i am only receiving statutory maternity pay).

Please don't get me wrong I'm certainly not "benefit bashing" just explaining that even those who don't get benefits will still struggle immensely for baby's stuff!

scarlettsmummy2 Tue 26-Mar-13 18:11:44

Those on minimum wage will be entitled to tax credits and possibly housing benefit and child benefit. It's obviously very hard to live on minimum wage, but even harder to live on £80 a week- the amount someone on benefits and child allowance will have.

Flisspaps Tue 26-Mar-13 18:13:14

I disagree laura.

I got the £190 grant when having DD (given to all pregnant women at that time) and we didn't need it, we weren't on a particularly high income then.

Didn't get it with DS, income had reduced considerably, still managed without it.

A universal payment costs too much, and means that many people get the payment who don't need it.

willoughboobs Tue 26-Mar-13 18:13:34

Not everyone on benefits gets it. Only for your first baby, even if your oldest child is 16 your expected to have saved everything from that birth to use. So it's not many people on benefits who gets it either so it will be a struggle just as much for them aswell.

Lj8893 Tue 26-Mar-13 18:15:19

Once the child is here and I am only working part time we will be entitled to tax credits but that is all, which will just make up to what we are earning now.

I'm not very clued up on benefits etc but how does one afford to pay rent and bills on just £80 a week?

With great difficulty.

We were on benefits for 4 months when me and DH got made redundant in the same week. It was horrific. I hated every minute of it. We were skint.

That's why I don't understand why people think it's an easy life.

Lj8893 Tue 26-Mar-13 18:20:37

Oh please don't get me wrong I don't think it's an easy life at all!!

However I think it's all the stories in the media that make some think its an easy life.

scarlettsmummy2 Tue 26-Mar-13 18:22:06

Their rent wouldn't come out of the £80 but everything else would! Horrific

GoSuckEggs Tue 26-Mar-13 19:30:25

As someone who would be entitled to absolutly nothing if/when i have a baby, it is quite irritating to have to pay out a HUGE chunk of wages and work hard for that pleasure.

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