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Rent Increases and Universal Credit

Best Start Grant Pregnancy and Baby claims begin on Monday 10 December 2018. 

The processing time will be 5-10 working days so this means the first payments of this new benefit will be made before Christmas 2018. More information on who's eligible and how to apply for the new benefit can found at

You can apply online, by post or by phone  on 0800 182 2222. This is a Freephone number.

Babies born in the last 6 months who already have a big brother or sister, and had no support from the UK Government because they were not the first child, will be eligible to get their payment.