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£500 grant

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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

Lj8893 Fri 29-Mar-13 22:48:07

It's comments like that that make people think you are a troll gosuckeggs. You have managed to wind quite a few people up on here, intentionally or accidental I don't know. But people ask you questions to help explain your opinions/posts and you don't actually help yourself by answering and/or debating maturely and professionally.

I too am baffled at the fact you are so suprised that people actually earn £12k!

GoSuckEggs Fri 29-Mar-13 22:22:27

troll? hmm yes ok

Fakebook Fri 29-Mar-13 15:55:18

GoSuckEggs, why are you shocked some people earn 12k? You really are an idiot to be ignorant of the state of affairs in this country right now. However, as most trolls go, you're obviously a sad lonely little person, sitting in a damp ridden flat living on benefits and trying to make others feel bad because of your misery. Sad. Now I suggest if you have nothing worthwhile to add to this topic, then jog on.

OP, I hope you got your forms signed. When I got pregnant with dd we were newly married and not exactly on our feet. That £500 grant helped us enormously with the cot and pushchair (both of which are still being used 6 years later).

forgetmenots Fri 29-Mar-13 15:32:04

Bloody hell.

Well done for turning a request for help and information into a left/right wing debate about benefits.

The people making noises about those receiving grants should be ashamed, no wonder MN has the reputation it does. A bit more support for other mums would be nice without all the political carping.

Lj8893 Thu 28-Mar-13 22:28:43


Lj8893 Thu 28-Mar-13 22:27:24

Sure is, and this is why we will be entitled to tax credits when baby is here. We will seriously struggle without them.

wannabeEostregoddess Thu 28-Mar-13 22:18:24

I worked in retail management, running a store, managing staff etc etc on my feet all day taking shit off customers and shit off head office for £13k.

Low wages are no joke. We were taking more than that a week.

GoSuckEggs Thu 28-Mar-13 22:13:34

it really is bugger all and quite terrible that people work so hard all day for it!

Lj8893 Thu 28-Mar-13 21:58:03

And yet its still more than minimum wage which is even sadder.

KayHunt Thu 28-Mar-13 21:55:07

I earned £12,000 working on a newspaper. It is very common to earn that amount sadly.

Lj8893 Thu 28-Mar-13 21:51:28

Many people earn the same as I, its not really such an abnormal think is it?

Lj8893 Thu 28-Mar-13 21:48:16

I don't understand why it's such an issue?

GoSuckEggs Thu 28-Mar-13 21:47:00

but 12K! shock

Lj8893 Thu 28-Mar-13 21:39:02

Good smile

GoSuckEggs Thu 28-Mar-13 21:37:47

No, not a problem for me!

Lj8893 Thu 28-Mar-13 21:34:30

Thanks 5egg that's really beneficial to know.

5eggstremelychocaletymadeggs Thu 28-Mar-13 21:04:40

In fact I would Gert the grant for and get it filled in as much as you can and stamped by Dr/midwife so you just have to put the babies details etc and you tax credit details once you have them. Not everyone on tax creditors is entitled to the grant but some are so worth applying smile

5eggstremelychocaletymadeggs Thu 28-Mar-13 21:03:01

To those who currently aren't getting benefits but are on a low income and will be entitled to tax credits once baby is born you can claim this £500 grant up to 12wks after baby is born so depending on how much tax credits you are entitled to you may be then entitled to the grant.

So get your tax credit claim in asap and then the claim for the grant.

PandaWatch Thu 28-Mar-13 20:59:51

As someone who has paid taxes since the age of 16 and works bloody hard for the salary from which those taxes are paid, I would be outraged to find myself, or anyone in my position, eligible for a £500 payout for having a baby on some sort of point of principle. The whole point of the benefit system is to help those in need - the grant isn't some sort of congratulatory bonus for giving birth.

To suggest there should be some general handout whether you need it or not (and I mean really need it, not just that it would make life easier) is absurd.

Lj8893 Thu 28-Mar-13 20:23:38

Yes, £12k, problem?

FairyJen Thu 28-Mar-13 19:14:51

Op not getting into debate just wanted to say if you do get a secondhand Moses basket please remember you will need a NEW mattress for your baby. They are very cheap on eBay, markets and Indy baby shops etc.

GoSuckEggs Thu 28-Mar-13 19:08:13

£12K shock

Lj8893 Thu 28-Mar-13 18:35:26

Ha I wish I earned 21k but no I'm a pauper clearly on £12k!

GoSuckEggs Thu 28-Mar-13 15:08:51

Oh gosh, you only earn 21k.

Lj8893 Wed 27-Mar-13 19:47:17

Oh gosh you really are quite irritating.

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