4. How to claim

Print out and fill in the Sure Start Maternity Grant (SF100) claim form.

There’s a different form and postal address if you live in Northern Ireland.

Time limits

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.

Where to send your form

Post it to “Freepost DWP SSMG” - you don’t need to write anything else on the envelope.

You can also take the form to your local Jobcentre Plus, but it can take longer to process.

For help with the Sure Start Maternity Grant contact:

Sure Start Maternity Grant
Telephone: 0345 603 6967
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You can also contact Jobcentre Plus.

What you need to know

A health professional (such as a doctor or midwife) must also sign your claim form.

You’ll get a letter telling you if your claim was successful.

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.