Best Start Grant Pregnancy and Baby Payment
21st November 2018
Best Start Grant Pregnancy and Baby Payment - applications open from 10 December 2018.
Shirley-Anne Somerville, Cabinet Secretary for Social Security and Older People, announced in Parliament yesterday that applications for the Best Start Grant Pregnancy and Baby Payment will be accepted from Monday 10 December. The processing time will be 5-10 working days so this means the first payments of this new benefit will be made before Christmas 2018.
Making the announcement, Ms Somerville said, "I am delighted we will be delivering the Best Start Grant Pregnancy and Baby Payment earlier than original planned, providing low income families with increased financial support. I am particularly pleased, that by not capping children, babies born in the last 6 months who already have a big brother or sister, and had no support from the UK Government because they were not the first child, will be eligible to get their payment."
More information on who's eligible and how to apply for the new benefit can found at