Am I entitled to extra benefits if I’m having twins?

You're not entitled to extra maternity or paternity benefits if you're expecting twins or multiple babies.

Your entitlements to leave and pay are the same as if you were expecting one baby.

But you can claim Child Benefit and Child Tax Credit for each of your children.

Maternity pay and leave

Your rights to maternity pay and leave are the same if you're expecting one or more babies.

Paternity pay and leave

Your rights to paternity pay and leave are the same if you're expecting one or more babies.

Child Benefit

Child Benefit is usually paid every four weeks. There are two rates: a higher rate for your eldest child and a lower rate for additional children.

If you have twins and no older children, the higher rate is payable for the twin who is born first. The lower rate will be paid for your second twin.

If you have an older child, the lower rate will be paid for each twin.

Find out more about Child Benefit.

Child Tax Credits

If you've had more than one baby, you'll be able to claim Child Tax Credit for each baby.

Sure Start Maternity Grant

If you're on a low income and getting certain benefits or tax credits, you could get a Sure Start Maternity Grant. This is a one-off payment to help towards the cost of maternity and baby items.

If you already have children under 16, you can only get a grant if you're expecting a multiple birth.

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Page last reviewed: 27/04/2016

Next review due: 27/04/2018