Parental Benefits refers to the group of allowances and grants payable to people having a baby or adopting a child through a registered adoption agency. The Parental Benefits came into force on 1st January 2017 and replaced the Maternity Benefits (which were only payable to pregnant women and new mums). You will need to meet certain requirements to be able to receive these benefits. More information is provided in each of the sections below.
How do I claim?
If you are pregnant an application form will be sent to you by Social Security, once verification of your pregnancy has been received from Maternity Services. This will be shortly after you have reached your 24th week of pregnancy.
If you are adopting a child an application form will automatically be sent to you by Social Security once verification of your adoption has been received from the Family Placement Service.
If you are not seeing a midwife during your pregnancy or you have not received an application form when you would have expected one, please call the Parental Benefits helpline on 732505.
Parental Benefits in detail
Information about the Parental Benefits is set out below. Please note that the total period for which these benefits can be claimed is 26 weeks.
- The maternity grant is a lump sum paid to a pregnant woman or new mum to help with the cost of having a baby.
- To receive the grant you must be insured (registered) under the Guernsey Social Insurance scheme and ordinarily resident in the Bailiwick of Guernsey. You do not need to satisfy any contribution conditions to claim the maternity grant.
- The adoption grant is a lump sum paid to a parent to help with the cost of adopting a child. The grant can be paid once the adoption placement has been confirmed.
- To receive the grant you must be insured (registered) under the Guernsey Social Insurance scheme and ordinarily resident in the Bailiwick of Guernsey. You do not need to satisfy any contribution conditions to claim the adoption grant.
Maternal Health Allowance
- Maternal Health Allowance (MHA) can only be claimed by the birth mother while she is off work in the pre-birth or initial post-birth period. The start date of the MHA can be flexible. The earliest start date is the 11th week before the week your baby is due and the latest start date is the day the baby is born.
- Before MHA can be paid, expectant mothers must satisfy certain contribution conditions
- The two weeks immediately after the birth must be paid as MHA. But after this period MHA becomes Newborn Care Allowance, which can be paid to either parent
Newborn Care Allowance
- Two weeks after the birth, Maternal Health Allowance (MHA) switches automatically to Newborn Care Allowance (NCA). This allowance can be claimed by whichever parent is taking time off work to care for their baby.
- NCA can be transferred between parents if caring responsibilities change
- Before NCA can be paid, the parent who is claiming the allowance must satisfy certain contribution conditions
- Parental allowance (PA) is payable for up to 26 weeks to a parent who takes time off work to care for a child they have adopted.
- Before PA can be paid, the parent who is claiming the allowance must satisfy certain contribution conditions
- PA can be transferred between adoptive parents if caring responsibilities change
How much will I get?
The allowances are based on the contribution record of the person claiming. The rates payable for each allowance and grant is set out in Leaflet 50 available in the downloads section.
For further information please refer to the Parental Benefits leaflet in the downloads section, or call the Parental Benefits helpline on 732505.