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The payment of the Health in Pregnancy Grant (HiPG) to all expectant mothers will end in 2011. This is part of the Government’s wider measures to tackle the UK ‘s current financial deficit, announced by the Chancellor in his Budget speech of 22 June 2010.

“The Government believes the payment of a universal HiPG to be a poorly targeted use of limited public funds, and abolishing it will help in its most urgent task of reducing the UK ’s financial deficit in a fair way.”

The Health in Pregnancy Grant was introduced in April 2009 and was intended to provide support for the general health and well-being of women in the later stages of pregnancy and to help meet wider costs in the run-up to birth.  It is a one-off payment of £190, payable to all pregnant women after they reach the 25th week of pregnancy.  The Government is proposing to introduce shortly a Bill in Parliament that will end entitlement to HiPG for women who reach the 25th week of their confinement on or after 1 January 2011.

The abolition of HiPG will not affect women who are currently pregnant, nor those who will reach the 25th week of pregnancy before 1 January 2011. They can still qualify for HiPG payments if on reaching the 25th week of pregnancy and before the baby is born, however they must submit a claim within 31 days of their midwives issuing them a certified claim form confirming their expected date of confinement.

After the recent emergency budget the Government has been accused of hampering efforts to employ more midwives after it unveiled a two-year pay freeze for workers in the public sector.  www.nursingtimes.net/nursing-practice-clinical-research/clinical-subjects/midwifery/pay-freeze-could-hit-midwife-efforts-says-rcm/5016301.article

The National Childbirth Trust (NCT) this week expressed concern that parents trying to raise a family will bear the brunt of the cuts – http://bit.ly/cc81Zy.  Cuts planned include:

  • child benefit will be frozen for three years
  • a cut in child tax credit for those on combined income of over £40,000
  • health in pregnancy grant (£190) abolished
  • Sure Start grant restricted to only the first-born child
  • Lone parents to look for work when youngest child goes to school.

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