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Ive just received a letter saying that im not entitled to the sure start maternity grant, because


A) Im not in receipt of JSA or any other kind of benefit


B) I claimed too early


The thing is, Ive been on JSA for the past 12 weeks, up unitl last tuesday, when I went in for my "interview" to see why i wasnt getting a job. The woman there said I was to stop claiming JSA becasue Id sent my forms off for the maternity allowance, and stated I wanted to start receiving the MA from this week onwards.


I can understand the claiming too early thing. I could cope with that. Cause Id just send another form off. But not being entitled to it, cause im not receiving the right benefit???? come on!!!


What am I supposed to do now? I was realying on that money to get baby things. Now Im buggered!!! Its lucky that the pram is being bought by my MIL and the cot is being bought by my mum!!!

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It would depend on two things. First, what type of JSA you receive, If you receive contributions based, you are not entitled to the Sure Start Maternity Grant. If you receive Income based JSA then you would be entitled.


However, the 2nd thing is you have to have been receiving the qualifying benefit on the date the maternity grant claim was received in the JCP office. This is known as your "date of claim"


Lastly, you may be being paid JSA clerically, in which case it may or may not show up on the computer system that you are receiving this benefit. This is because Social Fund employees do not have the full access to benefit system as the employees in the benefit offices, they have basic access. Or it could simply be an oversight on their part. Either way as you claimed too early you would not have received the Sure Start this time around.


If I have read that wrong and you are saying you are receiving maternity allowance, maternity allowance is not a qualifying benefit for the Sure Start.


The prescribed time period for claiming the Sure Start is anytime between 11 weeks before your expected due date up until 3 months after the birth of your baby.


If you were within that time period and receiving a qualifying benefit when you claimed, then you can ask them to reconsider their decision.


The regulations are here: The Social Fund Maternity and Funeral Expenses (General) Regulations 2005

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