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Families: Premature Babies

Volume 697: debated on Monday 10 December 2007

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What plans they have to reflect the additional costs of families of premature babies in the benefit system. [HL690]

The Government have increased the level of financial support for families with babies through a number of measures, and will continue to review their financial support for families on a regular basis. Families having their first child can receive up to £4,300 financial support in the first year of the child’s life, and a further £4,400 in statutory maternity pay.

asked Her Majesty's Government:

What assessment they have made of the report Financial Help for Families produced by BLISS, the premature baby charity, regarding the additional costs of families of premature babies. [HL691]

The Government welcome the support from BLISS for the health in pregnancy grant which will be available to all women after the 25th week of pregnancy.