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Scotland’s Pregnancy and Baby Payment (formerly Sure Start Maternity Grant) is delivered by Social Security Scotland, and will see eligible parents/carers, of a baby receive a cash payment to help cover some of the costs of having children. These costs could be things like needing a pram or buying clothes for the baby but, because it's a cash payment, parents or carers can choose how to spend the money. If parents/carers are entitled to the payment they will receive £600 for their first child and a further £300 for any other child, such as their second or third child.

Who is entitled to the Pregnancy and Baby Payment?

The birth mother can apply from 24 weeks pregnant up to the day that the baby is 6 months old. They can apply whether the baby is their first born or not. Additionally, if they not the birth mother, they can apply if they are living with the birth mother as a couple, married or civil partners.

Parents/carers will be eligible if they are over 18, whether in work or not, but they must be in receipt of one of the following benefits:

  • Child Tax Credit
  • Universal Credit
  • Income Support
  • Pension Credit
  • Working Tax Credit
  • Housing Benefit
  • Income-based Jobseekers Allowance (JSA),
  • not 'contribution based' JSA
  • Income-related Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • not 'contribution based' ESA


The application form and further information can be found at: