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Any money I could be entitled to?

(10 Posts)
MumToBe2015R Sat 03-Jan-15 22:41:35

Hello, I'm 10wks and wanted to find out with things going to start getting tight due to baby coming (dont get me wrong were over the moon) would I be entitled to any sort of help?

My DH works 20hrs pw all sometimes couple extra hours extra per week. But I am out of work pass couple of years. I was working for someone recently which was only experience related - unpaid. So I don't think I would be entitled to maternity allowance.

Don't think it's even worth me looking for a job now that I'm pregnant.

Tried to get jsa a while ago but job centre said my DH is eating £5 above the limit for me to be entitled to anything.

Would I be entitled to anything?

Thank you in advance x

brererabbit Sat 03-Jan-15 22:51:59

Keep looking for a job. Lots of people manage part time especially if your partner only works 20 hrs a week why not get a job around his hours?
I'm not sure you can "give up" looking and then complain about the financial situation. Hardship faces everyone. keep looking

brererabbit Sat 03-Jan-15 22:53:21

... coming from someone disabled who's partner works 40 I manage about 12 -16 evening and weekend hours

ThinkIveBeenHacked Sat 03-Jan-15 22:54:49

You could Temp or try a Zero Hour contract up to the babies due date.
Your dh - could he up.his work to 40hrs?

You will get Child benefit.

Pipbin Sat 03-Jan-15 22:57:09

I agree with keeping looking, a friend of mine was taken on even though she was about 4 months and made this clear at the interview.

Try plumbing everything into www.entitledto.co.uk although you might need to leave it until after April.

Good luck - I'm 11 weeks and trying to work out how we can make ends meet.

ThinkIveBeenHacked Sat 03-Jan-15 22:57:13

Tbh a baby doesnt really cost much. Milk (if not BFing) and nappies each week cost the child benefit money. All "items" needed can be found in charity shops / loaned / gifted from others. Childcare is the major expense so no worries with that.

Once they start needing school uniforms and the like you have time to have returned to work.

dancingwitch Sat 03-Jan-15 23:01:42

I suggest you get on Gumtree, Greece clear etc & keep an eye out for free or very cheap bits for the baby. Often, they will be in very good condition & will save you a lot of money.
How are you planning on supporting the baby once it is here. Obviously both you & your partner have a lot of free time at the moment. If you're not working before the baby is born, can you do some courses to improve your chances of employment once the baby is born.
Can I also ask why you think you should be entitled to anything?

MumToBe2015R Sat 03-Jan-15 23:50:30

I thought people wouldn't employ someone who would obviously leave after a couple of months - that's the reason I said its not worth me looking.

But if from people's experience they do, I would love to work. I already do unpaid work for child are experience which is due to end in March. (They pay my travel)

Hubby cannot up his contract unfortunately he has also tried the other stores in the company he works for, but they don't have current positions (he has been looking for past 1yr)

Also please don't get me wrong we have money saved up as we were trying for a baby for past 4yrs but due to me having some health issues I was unable to get preg. But now finally it's happened - we have it covered for all essentials.

I'm getting advise for the future to when the baby is due or we've had the baby on what we would be entitled to?

At the moment we are managing just fine.

But like ThinkIveBeenHacked said child benefit would cover costs for essentials (milk/nappies) that's most important.

Will definitely start looking for a job. Thank you all x

Boysclothes Sun 04-Jan-15 08:44:16

Surestart grant? https://www.gov.uk/sure-start-maternity-grant
Healthy start? www.healthystart.nhs.uk

blackwidow74 Sun 04-Jan-15 13:10:17

The surestart grant is no longer available

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