4. How to claim
Print out and fill in the Sure Start Maternity Grant (SF100) claim form. A health professional (such as a doctor or midwife) must also sign your claim form.
Post it to “Freepost DWP SSMG” - you don’t need a postcode or stamp.
You can also take the form to your local Jobcentre Plus, but it can take longer to process.
There’s a different form and postal address if you live in Northern Ireland.
You’ll get a letter telling you if your claim was successful.
If you get Universal Credit, you won’t get a decision on your claim until after your next payment.
When you can claim
You can claim from 11 weeks before the week your baby is due. The latest you can claim is 3 months after your baby is born.
If you’re becoming responsible for a child, you must claim within 3 months of this happening.
If you’re adopting a child, you must claim within 3 months of the child being placed with you.
Get help with your claim
Call the Sure Start Maternity Grant helpline.
Sure Start Maternity Grant helpline
Telephone: 0345 603 6967
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You can also contact Jobcentre Plus.
Call the Sure Start Maternity Grant helpline to ask for alternative formats, such as braille, large print or audio CD.
Appeal a decision
You can appeal to the Social Security and Child Support Tribunal if you disagree with a decision. You must usually ask for ‘mandatory reconsideration’ before you appeal.