Child Benefits: What benefits do you receive when you have a baby in the UK?

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Soon-to-be parents in the United Kingdom in 2022 might be wondering what benefits they are entitled to, not just after the birth of the expected baby but also during pregnancy.

From entitlements during pregnancy to information about paternity and maternity, as well as shared parental leave, we have all of the information you need to know and the benefits you may be eligible for.

Leave and time off - Maternity and Paternity Leave

Maternity Leave

Pregnant women are entitled to a year - 52 weeks - of maternity leave, no matter how long they have been in their jobs for. Twenty-six of those weeks are ordinary maternity leave and the other 26 are additional maternity leave.

During this period, women can request that their bosses provide flexible working arrangements should they opt to return to work at the end of their leave, while their employment terms (payment contributions and others) are protected while on Statutory Maternity Leave.

Extra rights are afforded to women made redundant during Statutory Maternity Leave.

Paternity Leave

A father-to-be or the partner of a pregnant woman could have the right to paternity leave, which is likely to be 26 weeks' Additional Paternity Leave.

Shared Parental Leave

Shared Parental Leave is designed to allow parents the flexibility to decide when to return to work and how to share the load of their new arrival. Up to 50 weeks' leave and 37 weeks' pay can be shared, and Shared Parental Leave doesn't need to be taken all at the same time, instead possible to be taken in three blocks each of a minimum of one week.

Free prescriptions and dental care

All NHS dental treatment and all prescriptions are free while pregnant and for the first 12 months after the baby's due date. Children also receive free prescriptions until they are 16.

You should contact your doctor or midwife to receive form FW8 and send it to your health authority.

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