HC Deb 12 November 2001 vol 374 c573W
37. Mr. Tynan

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will make a statement on the operation of sure start maternity benefit. [11718]

Malcolm Wicks

The Sure Start Maternity Grant complements the Sure Start programme, which is helping many thousands of children from the most deprived areas to get the best start in life.

The Grant is available to people receiving Income Support, income-based Jobseeker's Allowance, Working Families' Tax Credit, or Disabled Person's Tax Credit. It is worth up to three times as much as the Maternity Payment it replaced and provides more help to those families in most need.