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£500 grant

(149 Posts)
SammyFirstBaby Mon 25-Mar-13 11:27:47

iv filled it out but my midwife (iv jist moved) is fully booked as she only does appointments on Thursdays and every time I ring the doctor they dont have emergancy appointments. basicly I cant see anyone till at least 3 weeks.
buy then ill be 37 weeks. I need to get my grant stamped to get the buggy and moses basket, I have everything else.
any idea if someone at the hospital could do it? iv got a scan next week as hes a bit small but can they stamp it?
also is there anyway I can get it in to the benefit office quicker and not have to wait weeks? smile

scarlettsmummy2 Tue 26-Mar-13 19:36:34

Gosuckeggs- after the day I have had you really don't want to get into an argument with me about this!!!

Lj8893 Tue 26-Mar-13 19:38:05

Gosuckeggs, we will only be entitled to tax credits when the baby is here......this has no reflection of how hard both myself and my partner work!!! We both work incredibly hard, and my partner works 6 days a week from 10-10.

scarlettsmummy2 Tue 26-Mar-13 19:39:04

No idea, no concept of reality, and incredibly insulting.

Booyhoo Tue 26-Mar-13 19:46:59

OP is it possible to borrow a moses basket from someone in the event of you giving birth before you get your grant through? buggy/pram isn't really essential and you could do without til the money comes through but a moses basket sort of is (unless you already have a cot?) so if you could borrow until the money comes through it would at least put your mind at ease.

GoSuckEggs Tue 26-Mar-13 19:55:21

alright scarlettsmummy2 hmm tough day at work?

Lj8893 Tue 26-Mar-13 20:10:07

Oh wow!!! Tad rude don't you think?!

scarlettsmummy2 Tue 26-Mar-13 20:14:34

Yes, a bloody tough day. Person one- the mother of 17 year old who has been continually let down by the system, who had me in tears by 10am as there was absolutely nothing I could do to help her and she was trying her very best but it simply wouldn't be enough and had to send them back to their life on £80 a week for the two of them, 17 year old two just out of care and didn't have a baldy clue about anything and about to enter own tenancy on £55 a week and terrified that his inept mother may reappear and emotionally blackmail him in to support her to, and 18 year old three just out of custody after eight months for a serious crime and having to sleep on grandmothers floor in a workless household and no support whatsoever, not a qualification to his name and again not a clue and limited hope of holding down a job. And then some idiot bemoans having to pay tax to support the most vulnerable in society, clearly having no idea what life can be like.

Piemother Tue 26-Mar-13 20:16:36

Scarlettsmummy - wine/brew

Gosuckeggs - you sound delightful

scarlettsmummy2 Tue 26-Mar-13 20:18:09

I've went for a bath and an ice cream and then 'the syndicate' on BBC one instead!

MariahHairy Tue 26-Mar-13 20:42:03

OP, i got my moses basket from ebay for £2. they tend to go quiet cheap on ebay. and my pram was only £30 on ebay. both used but in really good condition. it is worth a look. also, did you try freecycle?

Bluemonkeyspots Tue 26-Mar-13 20:47:00

I would put a post on your Facebook page asking if any friends/family had Moses basket/pram for sale (let's face it most of us hoard the stuff as we can't bear to get rid off it) and hopefully someone one will offer you shot or sell you it cheap.

If some cheeky bugger does try to sell you something at a ridiculous price you can just say that someone private mailed you with one you have said yes to but thanks anyway.

laurajane89 Tue 26-Mar-13 20:56:45

Im sorry if it came across that i was being a benefit basher because im really not i just meant i think everyone should have a little bit of help thats all

scarlettsmummy2 Tue 26-Mar-13 20:59:38

Well why mention your tax then! It comes across as begrudging.

Lj8893 Tue 26-Mar-13 21:02:28

I don't think Laurajane did mention tax scarlettsmummy?

laurajane89 Tue 26-Mar-13 21:03:18

I didnt say anythink about tax

scarlettsmummy2 Tue 26-Mar-13 21:05:41

Apologies- meant Gosuckeggs

expatinscotland Tue 26-Mar-13 21:06:31

'I personally think that people who arent on benefits should also get some kind of help aswell because having a baby is expensive and pregnancies arent always planned '

How is that anyone's fault but your own?

Lj8893 Tue 26-Mar-13 21:06:53

The way I have read all these posts Laurajane feels the same as I, that absolutely the grant is a great thing for those on benefits with very little else to help but its a shame that us on low incomes yet not quite low enough for any sort of help/benefit can't claim the grant, but that's the way our government is after all.

laurajane89 Tue 26-Mar-13 21:12:25

Yes thats what i meant

Lj8893 Tue 26-Mar-13 21:15:37

Expat.....are you implying that anybody who isn't fortunate to earn a household income of at least £35k should at all costs avoid pregnancy?

Booyhoo Tue 26-Mar-13 21:18:21

i borrowed my moses basket both times. they were both only in it for such a short time (i dont think they were in it after 12/14 weeks as they got too big) so for me it wasn't worth buying one. i was working both times but every penny counts so i couldn't justify spending money on something that would get so little use. buggys that are from birth recline fully and are fine for day time naps for newborns as they dont tend to nap for hours at a time (IME anyway) and then the cot in your room for night time.

scarlettsmummy2 Tue 26-Mar-13 21:18:22

Are Laura Jane and LJ the same person?

Yes, it would be nice, but obviously it should be the poorest who take from the pot first in this instance.

Lj8893 Tue 26-Mar-13 21:22:23

Lol no I can assure you we are not!
I absolutely agree with you on that, I wouldn't feel right taking anything from the pot knowing someone worse off than myself wasent receiving the same or more. Was just trying to clarify what Laurajane was saying as it started to seem she was getting attacked for something she had said that had been mis perceived.

laurajane89 Tue 26-Mar-13 21:22:53

No we arent the same person

expatinscotland Tue 26-Mar-13 21:24:39

'Expat.....are you implying that anybody who isn't fortunate to earn a household income of at least £35k should at all costs avoid pregnancy?'

Eh? Where did you come out with that figure? I don't see why people should get money just for being pregnant, no other basis.

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