I know this will have been done a million times but just moved house and not got Internet for 2 weeks and phone Internet very slow when searching. Anyway baby due in 3 weeks and wondering how and when you apply for these different things. Both partner and I have pretty average salaries so not going to get much but really worried about when maternity goes to £512 a month that we get everything we possibly can to manage. Have been on website previously but got confused quite quickly. Any help very grateful for
You need to get a birth certificate before you can apply for child benefit. But it will be backdated (up to three months I think). For child tax credits I think you need child benefit first although you may be able to apply for them both at the same time. But definitely need the birth certificate first.
Thanks. Very exciting but also have started worrying about all of the things like money and securit and have started creating ridiculous what if scenarios in my head-bloody hormones! I had a feeling it was after birth but knew that if I didn't check I would have missed out on some vital form I should be filling out now.
There's a form for Child Benefit in the Bounty pack, you fill it in and send it back once you have the birth certificate. For Tax Credits you need your Child Benefit number for them to process your claim but you can ring up and get the forms once the baby is born and send them back without the number, just attach a note saying that your Child Benefit claim is processing so you don't have a number yet, that Child Benefit have the birth certificate, and (very important) you want your claim to be dated from your baby's date of birth (this will make sure you get your backdating).