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I am 30 weeks pregnant and I recently applied for the Sure Start Maternity grant. The trouble is I was on Employment Support Allowance but my payments were stopped because they were supposedly waiting for another sick note. Personally I was fed up of the continual trips to the doctor (as was she!). So I was advised to apply for Income Support which I did.

The Social Fund immediately rejected my application for the Maternity grant, claiming that I wasn't on any benefits!

 

And the annoying part is that the ESA department are all but ignoring my requests to close my claim so that the income support can come though!

 

Im very confused. Did I get rejected for the SSMG because I was switching benefits?

My ESA claim is still open! So why are they saying i am not receiving benefits?

Help!!!:confused:

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Because the benefit is not in payment. A benefit has to be "live and in payment" the date your application for the Sure start is made for you to receive the Surestart grant. You can apply again, stating you are awaiting a decision on your IS. If they refuse again, you can ask them to reconsider when your IS comes through, so long as it is backdated to the date you claimed the surestart (or before). IS is usually backdated to the date you applied for it.

 

On what grounds are you claiming Income Support? Are you a lone parent? Caring for someone?

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Hi Mattes,

As Erica Has said :)

you are with eleven weeks of having your baby so your Income Support should be put into payment.

Phone ESA and tell them you want to close you claim.

Are I.S waiting for anything like your MATB1, is this holding up your claim.

 

With regards to your grant I.S has to be in payment so it might be better to wait untill its sorted.

 

I would phone and chase up your claim

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well as no employer will give me a job at this stage in my pregnancy, my best option was IS. then i would be happy doing my 16 hours of work after the baby is born. i have phoned and even written a letter to stop my ESA claim. but they keep telling me that they havent received the letter. i had to send a second one so i am awaitng their reply. and i have appealed to the Social Fund department. but whether i like it or not, despite the presence of my boyfriend, i WILL be deemed a lone parent because we do not live together as yet. so i am an unfortunate statistic :)

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As your boyfriend does not live with you, you would be entitled to remain on IS as a lone parent after the baby is born and up until the child is 7 years of age, (At the moment it is 10 years of age but that changes in October next year), or until you have a change of circumstances which would otherwise affect your entitlement, providing that the other conditions are met - for example in regard to savings etc.

 

Was your ESA contribution based or was it Income Related?

My advice is based on my opinion, my experience and my education. I do not profess to be an expert in any given field. If requested, I will provide a link where possible to relevant legislation or guidance, so that advice provided can be confirmed and I do encourage others to follow those links for their own peace of mind. Sometimes my advice is not what people necesserily want to hear, but I will advise on facts as I know them - although it may not be what a person wants to hear it helps to know where you stand. Advice on the internet should never be a substitute for advice from your own legal professional with full knowledge of your individual case.

 

 

Please do not seek, offer or produce advice on a consumer issue via private message; it is against

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