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Pregnant mums urged to apply now for £190 boost

The new Health in Pregnancy Grant will help expectant mums meet extra costs
26 January 2009 – If you are a mum-to-be in the UK, with a baby due on or after 6th April 2009, you are encouraged to apply now for the new £190 Health in Pregnancy Grant.

The one-off payment is intended to help pregnant mums stay fit and healthy in the run up to the birth, and help meet some of the costs as the big day approaches.

The money can be claimed from the 25th week of pregnancy, after receiving health advice from a midwife or other health professional. You’ll be given a claim form to sign and send off, which you must do within 31 days. When your claim is approved, the money is paid directly into your bank or building society account. Women who apply in the first three months of the year will get the cash in April.

Mum-to-be Gemma Hargreaves and midwife Juliet Albert put their questions about the new grant to an HMRC expert in a new podcast which you can listen to or download for free by visiting http://www.hmrc.gov.uk/podcasts .

Stephen Timms, Financial Secretary to the Treasury, said: "We understand that the run up to a birth is an expensive time for families. The new Health in Pregnancy Grant will help expectant mums meet these extra costs and give their child the best possible start in life.

"It’s very easy to make a claim and pregnant women can spend the cash on whatever they like, including fresh fruit and vegetables, nappies or even a pram or baby bath. It’s their choice."

The Health in Pregnancy Grant is available to expectant mothers ordinarily resident in the UK and is subject to immigration status. Payment of the grant does not depend on the amount of household income. The grant will not affect payments of other benefits and tax credits and is payable for each pregnancy, not each baby.

Pregnant women can get more information at http://www.direct.gov.uk/money4mum2be .

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