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Maternity and Early Years

Financial help in the early years

April 2021
This factsheet outlines the financial help available from pregnancy to school age.

Pregnancy and baby payment

Information on the best start grant for pregnant women and families with a new baby in Scotland.

Maternity Allowance and Universal Credit

Moore and another v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions [2020] EWHC 2827 (Admin)
On 18 October 2019, CPAG issued judicial review proceedings challenging the treatment of maternity allowance (MA) as unearned income in the calculation of universal credit (UC) awards. A "rolled up" hearing of the case took place in the High Court on 24 - 25 June 2020, meaning that permission to apply for judicial review and the substantive case were considered at the same hearing. In a judgment handed down on 26 October 2020, the judge found that CPAG's case was arguable on two grounds, but ultimately found in favour of the Secretary of State. CPAG have applied to the Court of Appeal for permission to appeal on behalf of the claimants.

Tax credits and early years e-bulletin October 2019

Childcare update, Neonatal expenses fund, Best Start Foods and vitamins, caselaw and more