6. Other benefits and tax credits
There are a number of other benefits you may get when you have a baby, such as:
•child benefit when the baby is born;
•universal credit (UC), if you do not already get child tax credit (CTC) for other children you have, or working tax credit because you are working and on a low income;
•CTC in some cases, or an increase in your existing award. Tell HM Revenue and Customs within three months of the birth;
•in some cases, if you are 19 or under and in full-time non-advanced education or approved training on which you were accepted, enrolled or started before you turned 19, income support (IS) as a parent;
•in some cases, if you are a lone parent, IS whether or not you are a full-time student;
•if there is no other child under 16 in the household, a Sure Start maternity grant within six months of the birth, provided you get a qualifying benefit (including UC, IS and CTC). If you are still waiting for a decision on your UC, IS or CTC, claim the grant anyway. If you are refused the grant, rather than your claim being held until your benefit or tax credit is awarded, make another claim within three months of being awarded the benefit or tax credit;
•Healthy Start vouchers.
Maternity allowance is taken into account when calculating whether the
benefit cap applies (see here
Statutory maternity, adoption, paternity, shared parental pay and parental bereavement pay are not taken into account.