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Health and Social Care Act 2008

Section 131: Entitlement: Great Britain

456.Section 131 amends the Contributions and Benefits Act. It inserts new Part 8A to provide that a woman who has satisfied prescribed conditions in relation to a pregnancy is entitled to payment of the Health in Pregnancy Grant.

457.New section 140A of the Contributions and Benefits Act establishes conditions of entitlement to the grant. It covers such matters as prescribed conditions in relation to a woman’s pregnancy, in particular, the specified stage that a woman must have reached in order to become entitled, residence conditions and the requirement that the woman receive maternal health advice from a health professional. It introduces the powers to enable HM Treasury to make regulations under this section.

458.Newsection 140B(1) and (2) enable HM Treasury to prescribe in regulations the amount of the grant and to prescribe different amounts in relation to different cases.

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