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Family Tax Credit - lump sum for new baby?

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tassis · 21/07/2006 09:45

I've heard a rumour that you get a lump sum of about £500 from Family Tax Credit for having a new baby. Can anyone confirm this before I start spending in anticipation??!

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PiccadillyCircus · 21/07/2006 09:46

I think it depends what level of Tax Credit you receive, based on your family's earnings. As ours were too high, I don't know what the threshold is.

schneebly · 21/07/2006 09:47

It is called sure start meternity grant and you can get it up to 3 moths before the baby is born {i think} If you get over a certain amount of tax credits you will be entitled.

nutcracker · 21/07/2006 09:48

You can get a maternity grant of up to £500 but only if you are on a low income AFAIK.

I think it's issued by the Social Security not tax credits, but I could be wrong.

schneebly · 21/07/2006 09:48

info here

nutcracker · 21/07/2006 09:49

Copied and pasted this about it....

You are eligible for a Sure Start Maternity Grant if you or your partner are getting Income Support, income-based Jobseeker?s Allowance, Pension Credit, Working Tax Credit where a disability or severe disability element is included in the award or Child Tax Credit at a rate higher than the family element.

LilacWine · 21/07/2006 09:50

i got this a few months ago! very handy!

tassis · 21/07/2006 09:51

Thanks, I've applied for the Sure Start Maternity Grant (not sure if I'll get it but that's another story), but friends reckoned they got lump sum too...

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tassis · 21/07/2006 09:52

Lilac, which did you get - Sure Start or lump sum from Family Tax Credit??

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nutcracker · 21/07/2006 09:53

I got it when expecting Ds. If it helps our income was about £14000 a year and we got max CTC and about £20 a week WTC.

anthonykiedisbitontheside · 21/07/2006 09:53

I'm not sure if you're talking about the tax credit lump sump that was given if your baby was born in 2003 tax year. My dd was born on april 3rd 2003 so just qualified for this it was something to do with the rules of tax credit changing and child tax credit so we got a lump some for that tax year but i'm sure they don't do it anymore as we didn't get it for my ds who was born in November.

nutcracker · 21/07/2006 09:54

Theres no lump sum from Tax credits as far as I know. You get extra per week from birth - 1yr for the baby, about £10 a week i think.

munz · 21/07/2006 09:55

we got it, our income for 05/06 was quite high but this year it's not so I think they've based it on this year, you have to have tc of £1098 or something like that, which we have.

munz · 21/07/2006 09:56

(sure start grant that is, my logic was apply and if they refuse as I thought they would for u we've not lost anything)

LilacWine · 21/07/2006 09:57

i got £500 sure start maternity grant. i applied when i was 37 weeks pregnant and got it less than a week after i handed in the form at the jobcentre plus.

LilacWine · 21/07/2006 09:59

and i think your child tax credit needs to be more than about £560 a year or thereabouts.

tassis · 21/07/2006 10:00

That's my logic too munz... I'm hopeful but not holding my breath. Can you remember how long it (Sure Start) took to come?

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tassis · 21/07/2006 10:01

Less than a week, Lilac!!

Woohoo, could be shopping in the next few days.

It's baby number 2 so it's really boring stuff like new mattresses that I need to get, but I'm desperate to get stuff sorted!

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munz · 21/07/2006 10:29

ooh mine took a lot longer bout 3 weeks, althou I had to wait till our T/C award had come thru, so it was when Joey was about 9 weeks b4 I could apply even.

claret1980 · 03/08/2006 11:02

I have to wait until baby is born as the lower limit to claim is £548 and I get £547.50 tc per year. Could do with it now though - lots of things to buy for baby!

claret1980 · 24/10/2006 11:52

got turned down twice!!!!! I could really do with money for Christmas

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