Was reading through my little folder given to me by the M/W about benefits, and have found a little section that says after April 2009 child benefit will be paid from 29weeks pregnant!? so does that mean that if i start my M/L at 29weeks i can claim C/B straight away or do you back date it from when baby born??
I thought I'd check into this as I didn't want to miss out! Unfortunately it seems like you can only claim it as from the date the child is born, and in order to start claiming you have to send them the birth certificate. The official Revenue & Customs advice is here But you could get ahead and print and fill out the form available via the above link now (ready with an envelope etc., ready to send off once you have the birth certificate)!