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Maternity pay

Useful information on statutory maternity pay (SMP) and maternity allowance (MA) and advice on your entitlement to each.
Statutory Maternity Pay (SMP)

You are entitled to Statutory Maternity Pay (SMP) if you have been in the same job for at least 26 weeks and by the 15th week before your baby is due, and you earn at least an average of £95 per week before tax.

What is Statutory Maternity Pay?

As of 1st April 2007 SMP is for 39 weeks. Your employer pays it to you and then claims most or all of it back from the Inland Revenue. You can get it even if you don't plan to go back to work. You do not have to pay SMP back if you don't return to work.

Who can get SMP?

You get SMP if:
  • You have worked for the same employer for at least 26 weeks by the end of the 15th week before the expected week of childbirth (which is approximately the 26th week of pregnancy). In other words you need to have started the job before you got pregnant, and you are still in your job in the 15th week before your baby is due - even if it's only for one day that week - or you are off sick or on holiday, and you actually receive at least £102.00 (before tax) per week in earnings, on average the eight weeks (if you are paid weekly) or two months (if you are paid monthly) up to the last pay day before the end of the 15th week before your baby is due.
  • To get SMP you must give the correct notice to your employer. If you are not sure if you're entitled to SMP ask anyway. Your employer will work out whether or not you should get it and if you don't qualify they will give you form SMP I to explain why.
How much SMP will I get?

SMP is paid at two rates:
  • For the first six weeks you get 90% of your average earnings. The average is calculated from the pay you actually received in the eight weeks or two months up to the last pay day before the end of the qualifying week (i.e. the 15th week before your due date).
  • You will then get up to £128.73 per week for the remaining 33 weeks, or 90% of your average earnings if this is less. Your employer pays your SMP in the same way as your salary is paid. They deduct any tax and National Insurance contributions.
When can I get SMP?

As with maternity leave, the earliest you can start your SMP is 11 weeks before the expected week of childbirth. You can work right up until the date the baby is born, unless:
  • you have a pregnancy-related illness/absence in the last 4 weeks of your pregnancy or
  • your baby is born before you have started your maternity leave. SMP usually starts on the Sunday after you go on maternity leave. So if your last day of work is a Friday or Saturday it will start immediately. If your maternity leave and pay is triggered by one of the reasons above, your SMP will start as follows:
  • if you are off sick with a pregnancy-related illness in the last four weeks of pregnancy, your SMP will start on the day after your first day of absence from work. So. if you phone in sick on a Wednesday, your SMP will start on Thursday.
  • if you give birth before the start of your maternity leave, your SMP will start on the day following the actual date of birth.
  • You cannot get any SMP for any week in which you work - even part of a week. So. if your SMP is triggered midweek by one of the reasons above you will start to receive it in the week following the week you stopped work and if you return to work early your SMP will stop.
Do I still get SMP if my job ends after the 15th week before my baby is due?

You can still get SMP as long as you are employed in the 15th week before your baby is due and you meet the normal qualifying conditions stated above. It doesn't matter if you are off sick or on holiday that week. Once you have qualified for SMP you are entitled to receive it for the full 26 weeks. This is true even if you are made redundant, you leave your job or a fixed term contract comes to an end at any time after the 15th week before your baby is due or during your maternity leave. Remember SMP is not repayable if you are not going back to work and your employer can claim back all or most of it from the Inland Revenue regardless.

My employer gives extra maternity pay. Do I have to repay it if I don't go back to work?

If your employer has given you extra (contractual) maternity pay you only have to repay it if that was agreed in advance or specifically stated in your maternity policy. You only ever have to repay the extra contractual pay, never the SMP part of your maternity pay. SMP is 90% of your wages for 6 weeks and £128.73 per week for the remaining weeks (or 90% of your average earnings if this is less) and is yours to keep whether you go back or not.

Maternity Allowance (MA)
  • you can get it if you have changed jobs during pregnancy or
  • you do not earn enough to get SMP or
  • you are unemployed or self-employed during pregnancy.
What is it?

Maternity Allowance (MA) is paid for 39 weeks. You may qualify for it if you do not qualify for SMP from your employer, for example, because you started a new job when you were already pregnant, your earnings are too low or you are self-employed.

You can claim standard-rate MA if:
  • you have worked for at least 26 weeks of the 66 weeks before the expected week of childbirth, and you can find 13 weeks (not necessarily in a row) in which you earned over £30 per week on average.
You should choose the weeks in which you earned the most. You can add together earnings from more than one job. If in doubt, ask your local Jobcentre Plus for form MAI and make a claim. They will work out whether you can get the benefit. If you are not entitled to MA. they should automatically use the same claim form to check whether you can get Incapacity Benefit instead.

The earliest you can claim MA is 15 weeks before your baby is due and the earliest it can be paid to you is 11 weeks before you are due. You should put in your claim form as early as possible and notify the Jobcentre Plus of the date you intend to stop work.

How much it Maternity Allowance?

There are two rates:
  • Standard-rate MA is £128.73 per week for 39 weeks.
  • 90 per cent of your average weekly earnings, if this calculation results in a figure which is less than the standard rate of MA.
Incapacity Benefit (IB)

If you do not qualify for Maternity Allowance but have paid some National Insurance contributions during the last three years, but not many recently.

What is incapacity benefit?

A weekly allowance which can be paid to women who don't qualify for SMP or Maternity Allowance. It is also possible to get IB if you are incapable of working because of illness or disability.

Who gets incapacity benefit?

You get IB if you have paid or been credited with enough National Insurance contributions during the last three tax years that do not overlap the current calendar year. Your Jobcentre Plus will work out whether you can get the benefit. If in doubt, claim To claim IB. use the claim form for Maternity Allowance (MA I from the Jobcentre Plus) If you are not entitled to MA. the Jobcentre Plus should check automatically to see if you can get IB.

How much do I get?

It is from £71.10 per week from six weeks before your baby is due until two weeks after your baby is born.

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Hi can anyone help me i have a full time job and a cleaning job in the evenings,Plan to stop the cleaning job the end of july but have sort of said i would be back in Nov. My baby is due the being of oct. Would i loose my maternity money if i went back then cleaning as i am having 6 months of my full time job
by det 6th Jun 2011, 4:24pm
Hope you can help me, I am currently out of work, and looking for employment, however I have been looking for full time positions only as my partner and I are hoping to try for a family very soon, and would need to claim maternity pay as his salary would not be enough to support us all! I have been offered the opportunity for contract work (maternity leave contract) which would be 9 months (and obviously possibly longer ) however I am reluctant to look at this as I am worried, should we become pregnant during this time, and the baby born before or just after the end of contract, then I would not be entitled to anything.
Please can you advise on this, as the job is a great opportunity. Or should I stick with the security of a full time position?

by blufairie 17th Jan 2011, 3:16pm
Hiya can anyone help me.... I am self employed. But when I go on maternity leave I dont work but my business still generates money. (I do not get a wage out of it tho) Will I still be entitle to maternity pay.
by funkybumps 17th Jan 2011, 2:52pm
Just wondered if anyone could help me, I am only 7 weeks pregnant and haven't told work yet as. However doesn't get me wondering how long I can afford to financially take off work with our little one. I get paid 6 weeks full-pay from work, then 12 weeks further half pay plus SMP. then after the 18th week I will just get SMP. I earn over the £95pw mark to get the £124 pw however people keep telling me that I will get more till 9 months but all info I find does not say this. please could anyone help me?


by gemcherie 5th Jan 2011, 9:11am
Hi, i was just wondering if I'm entitled to smp or maternity benefit? I used to earn 425 pound a month but then had my hours cut due to the lack of work in October and now only earn 245 pound a month. I've read on the internet that when claiming either of the above u have a 66 week test period and my test period would of started in march 2010 and will end June 2011 but as of march 2010 till Oct 2010 I was earning 425 pound a month (which means I would of been entitled to smp) but from Oct 2010 till June 2011 I will only be earning 245 pound a month (which means I'm not entitled to smp) and I just wondered if I can use the months before my hours got reduced to claim smp or not. sarah xx
by sezbeano 22nd Dec 2010, 9:28am
hi I'm currently on maternity leave I'm entitled to maternity allowance just asking do you still pay national insurance during this period because there still taking it off me many thanks .
by lexxilou 16th Dec 2010, 9:26am
I'm normally monthly paid but would like my SMP to be paid weekly? Does my Employer have to agree to this?
by mrsb79 3rd Dec 2010, 5:36pm
Hi I have just found out I am expecting and overjoyed. Baby due 12th August.
I'm confused about whether I'm entitled to maternity pay or not??
I work contracted 12 hours a week and earn below the qualified allowed eligible rate, what do I do?? Am I entitled to anything??
Thank you Lainey :) xx
by lainey0128 30th Nov 2010, 8:52am
My partner and I would like to start trying for our 2nd baby but are held back by our entitlements to maternity pay. I was employed from 2005 until mid 2009, was off sick 6months of 2008 whilst I was pregnant with my first baby so was only allowed MA, left my job when MA was up and went back to uni sept 2009 and I finish July 2011 and I don't currently work as I get student finance, my partners wage is fair but not brill, what could I go about claiming in my situation? or is there nothing and we will have to put it off until a years time as I will start work sept 2011 so that way I would be entitled to SMP, we just don't really want to wait another year :( any advise to help?
by nattie88 10th Nov 2010, 9:57am
My MA allowance is due to end in Dec. Am i entitled to any other benefits If I take another three months off. I am struggling to get child care for weekends.
by RoxannC 20th Oct 2010, 10:13am
hello, I was working 20 hours when I was pregnant with my son who is now 2, when I returned back to work I cut my hours down to 8 hours due to lack of help with looking after my child. I'm just wondering does anyone know if I will receive maternity pay if I was to have another child?
by marie82 18th Oct 2010, 4:35pm
I am working 12 hrs a week I have been with same employer for 6 months I am 15 weeks pregnant and due on the 14th of April 2011, I do not pay N.I and haven't for over 3 years in previous employments. I be entitled to any maternity pay or any other benefits? if not which benefit can I claim and how and when?
Many Thanks
by DianneB 18th Oct 2010, 10:21am
I am 26 years old full time student at the college, I have worked last two years (full time), will I be entitled to get maternity allowance? if not, for which benefit can I claim?
by sunshine26 14th Oct 2010, 4:45pm

I became pregnant in march and was unemployed at this time,
I started work on April 1st and have now worked there for approx 27 weeks am I entitled to maternity allowance as i never worked before i conceived?

by danni187 11th Oct 2010, 9:12am
I am due back to work at the end of this month and i have just found out that i am pregnant again, but i dont want to go back to work, my maternity money finishes at the end of the month, is there anything that i can claim?
by vogie 24th Sep 2010, 11:14am
I'm 12 weeks pregnant and have been working for my employer since 04/09/2009. I'm on a fixed term contract that expires on 31/12/10 and I'm due on 6/4/2011. Will I get smp still?
by Greggers 20th Sep 2010, 5:32pm
Hi I am due to return to work from maternity leave on the 21st sept but have just found out I am 7 weeks pregnant. I am only returning to work part time instead of the previous full time hours before my daughter was born, do I still qualify for smp with this baby?
by vicky22 24th Aug 2010, 9:31am
my maternity finish in 10 days .i cant go back to work .what money i can get
by pati24 23rd Aug 2010, 12:37pm
Hi,i have been signed off work for about 4 months now from my doctor and due to go back to work next month and have recently found out im pregnant,will i be entitled to maternity pay even though i have been signed off for so long,i have been with the same employer for 7 years
by sianyk 23rd Aug 2010, 10:28am
Help, I am a little confused, I qualify as a teacher in December, but have just found out I'm pregnant, anyway after working out my weeks that I can work after going back to full time education it seems that i'll only be able to work 13weeks, I'm worried now as I can't drop out of my course but to get maternity alowance i need to work 26weeks and that's just not possible. Is there anything I can do?
by Shindiggy 23rd Aug 2010, 10:22am
hi, my statutory maternity pay has finished and i'm not due to go back to work until november i wanted know if and what i can claim in the meantime because at the moment child tax credits is my only means of income. thanks
by fozia72 20th Aug 2010, 5:29pm
I have recently found out i am pregnant however i am on a fixed term contract with my work which is due to finish on the 6th dec 2010.. How will this go with maternity pay or possibilty of extension of contract, will this be held against me beacuse i aim pregnant. my due date is 14th april 2011
by christineo16 12th Aug 2010, 11:01am
i was planning to take a year out on maternity leave but im recieving maternity allowance what do i do after the 39 weeks will i have to return to work x
by kellyannm400 12th Aug 2010, 10:37am
Hi i am 19 weeks pregnant, my partner works full time 39 hours a week but together on a low income, i currently work for Avon which means i am self employed, i dont earn much for this and sometimes nothing at all as it is commission work, we also get working tax credits, what other benefits are we entitled too
by clairexx2k6 12th Aug 2010, 10:21am
Hi,I'm on maternity leave at the moment and due 2 start back in work the beginning of september after taking a year off,but I have just found out that Im pregnant again and I am due in february.will I still be intitled to smp if I go back part time? full time? I have worked for my emplyer for 7years. my partner is out of work at the moment so I might even have to go back earlier as We're struggling to pay the mortgage,the bills etc...
by tammydmg 12th Aug 2010, 10:11am
karenbabyboy i would go get advice on that as im sure thats not allowed i'm sure they still have to pay it or you can get them in trouble for making you redundant dont take my word on it but i'm sure its not allowed
by babyblondie10 12th Aug 2010, 8:54am
i work 16 hours a week will i get miternity pay i have worked for my employer for 10 years
by chezil 21st May 2010, 4:11pm
hi, i have been working at the same job for 2 years and started my maturnity leave on 8th of March but took 3 weeks holiday before hand and on the 29th of march i apparently got made redundent but only got told a couple of weeks ago when i went for a random coffee with my employer which is also my friend which makes things a bit awkward, i was gettin maturnity pay from them but now am not getting anything as the company that has taken over wont pay it so i have no job and no money and am seriously stressed out and need help on wot i can claim for benefit wise as my partener works but is on low income, if anybody can PLEASE HELP ME i would be so gratefull xxx
by karenbabyboy 18th May 2010, 5:20pm
Hi, I'm 26weeks pregnant. I work 2 part time jobs and earn an total average of £125 a week. As this total includes earning from both jobs does this mean I will claim SMP or SMA? If I am entitled to SMP how much is each employer expected to pay each? IF anyone can help it would be great! Thank youm
by Loren10 18th May 2010, 5:17pm
ive recently lost my job and my babies due in 8 weeks. my former employer will not give me a SMP1 form. can i still claim without one? if yes what do i need?
by chloe66342 18th May 2010, 5:15pm
im 20 weeks pregnant and the doctors signed me off work on sick which is only about 60 pound a week pay is there any way i cud claim any more as im getin behind with all my bills n wud like to be debt free for when my baby arrives x
by stacy2587 18th May 2010, 4:57pm
i am 5months pregnant and having difucultly working out what materiny rights i will get. i work 14hrs a week & get paided £69. will i get paid off my imployer or the governemtnt? please help x
by Jodiebb 18th May 2010, 4:55pm
i am 17 wks pregant and im in college full time and finishing in july i also work part time what type of maternity pay am i entitled to as i live with my parents and there will now be 8 of us living in a 2 bedroom house. What type living accomodation will i be entitled to and benefits?
by catherinethomas 18th May 2010, 4:47pm
I work 16 hours a week and get paid £96 a week i do not pay national insurance or tax also i do not have a contract will i qualify for smp or ma?? any help if very appreciated xx
by terrilouise 18th May 2010, 4:43pm
to sporty5, your employer cannot sack you but may have the right to make you redundant to which you wouldn't recieve maternity pay. also if you move country you will lose your maternity. im not 100% but check on directgov.
by kym85 18th May 2010, 4:38pm
i am 8 weeks pregnant and only just returned back to work after having a baby 7 months ago, and therefore will be going on maternity again in about 4 months time. can my employer sack me for this. also when i start to recieve maternity can i move contry and still get mat leave or will i lose it
by sporty5 14th May 2010, 4:54pm
I am 5-6 weeks pregnant and only went permenant with the council 1st feb 2010, i was a casual for 6 motnhs with them before that. I am pretty sure i will not qualify for SMP but wanted some information about MA, i did have a notification a couple of years ago that in 2006 my NI contributions went wrong but i can pay £332 to put it write, up till now i havnt worried about it. But i wonder if anyone can tell me 1. if i would qualify for MA because of this? 2. would i get it at all? pls help x
by rachelv1 14th May 2010, 4:54pm
I am 24 weeks pregnant. I am employed as a temporary employee. I started at the beginning of November and was due to finish in July, however found out I was pregnant just before I was due to start. I am going to start my maternity leave at the beginning of May which means I will have worked for 26 weeks. Does this mean I am entitled to maternity pay even thought it was only a temporary position?
by Rebs2304 14th May 2010, 4:06pm
I have a 6mth baby girl and my maternity allowance is due to stop in 2wks. Im worried I havent been able to find work and we're going to lose our home as my partners wages are low andwe dont know what to do? Should i apply for jobseekers or is it too early? Will that affect the tax credits we receive? Im so scared we will lose everything. Can anyone advise me please? x
by gemmum 10th Feb 2010, 5:02am
Now you have a job you are secure. Don't worry. Employers cant touch you!! You wont qualify for SMP but it will be MA. Must tell them before you are at 15wks prior to EWC. They will have to keep you a job. If you return to work within 6 months you are able to return to your current role, if after this employer has the right to give you a different (but similar) role. Hope this helps - stop panicking, all is going to be ok xxx
by Louby32 8th Feb 2010, 9:23am
I was made redundant from a very well paid job when i was 4months pregnant i was entitled to maternity allowance and then when I had my baby went onto contributed job seekers allowance for 6 months and then finally found a job however I am now 20 weeks pregnant and have only been in my new job for 3 weeks and Im frightened of telling my employers as I really need the job else we are looking at losing our home. My partner is on a good wage but our outgoings are more than his wage I dont know what im entitled to if anything can someone please advise me.
by helen1010 3rd Feb 2010, 9:51am
i've just found out i'm pregnant and i'm moving to swansea to be with my partner. I have to leave my job how will this effect my maternity pay?
by naomi25 18th Jan 2010, 2:42pm
I'm 8 weeks pregnant, i only started working for the company in november 2009, i work 9 hours a day 3 days a week. will i be entitled to anything
by rachxx88 15th Jan 2010, 4:26pm
I am 12wks pregnant & worrying about maternity pay. I have been in my job since May 2009 so will be entitled to full maternity pay. My work has a contractual policy also which means I am entitled to 8wks Full Pay and 18wks Half Pay. Do I also get SMP on top of this?
by PAMS80 13th Jan 2010, 11:42am
I have worked for the same employer for the past three and a half years and I have been planning on leaving and moving abroad in a few months time. I have now found out I am pregnant. I still want to move but what impact will this have on my SMP or MA? Will I still be entitled to one of these?
by Bobo27 11th Jan 2010, 4:17pm
i have 2 jobs do i have to start maternity leave at the same time or can i start one before the other??
by jennyspenny 5th Jan 2010, 3:41pm
i earn £100.00 per week and as i work in a family company i will not take any maternity leave and carry on working i was told by a friend i may qualify for maternity allowance does anyone know if i can ? i dont think i will be able to but wortht a try i suppose ?
by katlou 14th Dec 2009, 9:24am
if i went on maternity leave january 21st when would my staturory maternity pay end?
by kerri777 6th Nov 2009, 9:14am
my work pay wages on last working day of the month by cheque, this would involve me having to pick my wage up. is there any other way my maternity pay could be paid, so i didnt have to travel to work to pick it up? and then wait a week for the cheque to be processed in the bank?
by mrsj85 26th Oct 2009, 12:44pm
i am 21 weeks pregnant i work 15 hours a week and want to finish work when i have my baby in feb does anyone know what i am entitled to? i am entitled to maternity allowance? thanks x
by meandmyboys 9th Oct 2009, 9:16am
I am 15 weeks pregnant (first baby) and have recently been made redundant after working all my life. They've put me on job seekers allowance and i've been trying so hard to look for a job. during my last interview i was actually asked if i was pregnat so i didn't lie. They did ask me, "did you not think to tell us whether you are pregnant" and i said, i did not want that to sway your decision in anyway. It was my third interview however i did not get the job due to being over qualified! I'm sure this is going to get worse, after all who will want to employ a pregnant woman and there is so much discrimination surrounding this? What will happen to job seekers allowance? surely they can't keep on paying this? Please can anyone advise me what help i'm entitled to since my partner is also unemployed? thanks x
by sonson 11th Sep 2009, 3:32pm
hi. i just wanna ask how long i get MA??
by bubuu 2nd Sep 2009, 10:01am
i have 5 week left soon, and have put my maternity notice in plenty of time, i have worked for the company for about 18 months now but the other day my boss said that i would only get about £87 for my last month on maternity, is this right????, i thought she ment per week but she made clear it was for the month, i was really confused as i cannot live on this, is she correct in what she is saying?????
by kezza2201 31st Jul 2009, 2:16pm
i started a new job for 18 hours contract pay a week on 1st june 2009, i have just found out am expecting on a routine scan, i am 8 weeks today, baby due 26th feb 2010 what are my smp rights i have not got a clue.
by maltese 22nd Jul 2009, 9:28am
hi, im 3months pregnant and i have not had a job for the last 2years as i have been traveiling and i am not singed on to job seekers will i still get some sort of maternity pay if i sign on job seekers now? but i have been offered a self employed job where i can chose my own hours to help with sickness ect should i go with that job and become self employed or am i better off going on to job seekers as i am single so i will need as much help with money as i can,
hope someone can help
thanks :)
by abbiemaire 9th Jul 2009, 8:57am
hello...I was wondering if this applies to any employment. I work as a cashier at a car dealership and I'm due early next year. It would be nice to be able to have some time off with my newborn yet still get maternity pay. Please let me know if this rule applies anywhere....thank you!!
by ilovejay 25th Jun 2009, 9:21am
im 15 now Vut will be 16 once ive had my Baby Would i be entitled To Weekly Money As i Dont Think i Could Witthout it Do you know how much it would be? Thanks x
by playgirl11kw 28th May 2009, 9:14am
hi im 7 weeks pregnant, and only recently became unemployed. tho have a few interviews to go to. im just wondering if i could claim Ma at all, lil confused as i will possibly be starting new job and am already pregnant. Im also wondering when i should let employer know i am preg, dont want to become unemployed again. any advice would be much appreciated thanks x
by kat1987 24th Apr 2009, 9:25am
Just some advice to all the ladies who have to claim maternity allowance. I wouldn't rely on the money coming soon that they will pay you. At the moment I have been waiting 11 weeks to be paid from them and am still waiting now. I only have 2 weeks of my pregnancy left and am still chasing them for it (have rang them around 8 times now) Have been told 5 times that someone will ring me and think have only been rang the once. x
by gemma86 21st Apr 2009, 10:12am
i work part time and have been there for nearly 2 years and im 20 weeks pregnant (i already have a 2 yr old) and ive just found out that as i only earn £96 a week ill be gettin 90% of that as smp.. but when i was workin full time (im another salon) i got the first 6 weeks of maturnity leave with full pay... does that not work the same with part time employees??? and is there any way of toppin up my smp as its seems about £30 less than the £117 smp???? any advice would be gr8 thank x
by happiness03 9th Apr 2009, 9:20am
At 8 weeks pregnant I would keep it hush hush at any interview and then when u r about 12wks say you had suspicions that you were pregnant and have now had them confirmed.You could talk to you're citizens advice bureau who will advise you best on how to approach this, but at 8wks it is early enough to plead ignorant. Legally though they are not allowed to discriminate against you for being pregnant, but that doesnt always follow suit because they'll find another reason why they cant hire u, which blows. This government seriously needs a shake up so that it can help the people that truly need it.
by AmyAndMark 27th Mar 2009, 9:15am
I was just wondering about Maternity Allowance (MA). I am 17 and 8 weeks pregnant. I have had to give up college due to the type of course i was taking and have no chance of getting a job once employers find out i am expecting. Im really worried about my financial situation as i have no income at all. I was just wondering if i would class for the maternity allowance and how do i go about getting it??
by Amyy18 17th Mar 2009, 9:20am
I am on a 12 month contract which expires in October 2009, i am now pregnant but HAVE worked for 26 consecutive weeks up to 15 weeks before baby is due, if my contract is NOT renewed in October will I still get SMP? Thanks
by Adams 10th Mar 2009, 8:48am
hi there ive worked for my company 4 11yrs and wen i went on leave they employed someone to cover me , next week they r making redunancies on my shift i still have 16 wks of maternity leave to go so can they make me redundant ???
by mickeyloo 6th Mar 2009, 9:07am
hi there. i work full time as a vet nurse i have been at same practice for 4 years ,i was invovled in setting and building the business up from scratch, I am due in sept and my boss says i only get 6 weeks at 90 % then 117.00 per week my salary is 15,700 per anum, my rent is 100 per week so how can you survive ?????? please help
by t3evm 19th Feb 2009, 10:12am
hi im abit confused about all of his i have been very lucky and have been in my job for over 5 years but just wondering if my maternity pay finishes will i get state maternity pay for a further 36 weeks as i am intending to go back to work but not befor a year ?
by claire10209 17th Feb 2009, 9:39am
hi, its all so confusing!
I worried i'm about too loose my job of only 12 weeks, I'm also 4weeks pregnant and don't know what my entitlments are? Any advise out there? I have been told that in my last job my national insurance number had been incorrect and was paid by someone else! will this affect any benefits?
by foxy16 2nd Feb 2009, 10:42am
Hi, I am looking for some advice please.

I am currently on maternity leave and my SMP is due to finish in May 2009. I am due to return back to my current employer in August 2009. My current employer has confirmed that if i do not return to work then i am not required to pay back any monies received during my maternity leave. Due to the cost of child care i am looking at not returning to my current employer but getting an evening job instead so that i do not have to pay out over half my full time wage on child care.

Does anyone know if there are any problems legally or tax wise as to starting a new job, i.e the evening job, before i am due to return to my current employer (August 2009) but starting the evening job after May when the SMP has stopped???

As my employer is not paying me a wage as of May i can't see any reason as to why there would be a problem if i took another job but the last thing i want to do is start another job and then get hit with a big bill from the tax man or find i'm in trouble legally for taking a second job. Therefore any advice is very much welcome.

by easytiger333 19th Jan 2009, 9:48am
I am in my 15th week and was wondering if anyone knows if i am entitaled to maternity pay evan though I work every week for 18 hours and have done for the past year but am on a casual contract
by sunshine001 24th Nov 2008, 9:33am
Hi everyone i've just registred and I changed jobs before I knew I was pregnant so unfortunately will not be getting Maternity Pay from the Employer I've filled in the form so I can get MA i'm disappointed as I only missed out coz I wasn't working for the same employer anyway apart from getting MA and child Benefit is there anything else I qualify for?
Also if you are self employed I think you can qualify to get Maternity Allowance from the Government depending on how much your average earnings are you get the MATB1 form from the midwife at week 21 then send it off to the Department for Work & Pensions once you have filled it in and provided all the documents. I hope that helps you can always go on the website and check it out.
by Emmz39 13th Nov 2008, 9:32am
I am 13 weeks pregnant and have just been made redundant, if i find a new job will i be entitled to Maternity Allowance?
by HazelT 11th Nov 2008, 9:47am
Hi, I am 17 weeks pregnant and is starting a new job, they stated that I will not get maternity leave. How can I find out if it is true. If so than I will not go .
by chetell 27th Oct 2008, 8:56am
hi i work 2 jobs, one is part time and employed and the other is part time and self employed where i pay seperate national insurance and tax, i have just found out i am expecting again and woundered as i will get smp from my employed job can i claim ma as i am self employed also and will not be earning my usual salary, if anyone knows i would appreciate the advice
by elliebecca 24th Oct 2008, 8:56am
HI im 9 weeks pregnant and im self employed,im a partner in a hair salon and as its my first child ive no idea what maternity pay im intitled to if any! can anyone help?
by emmaredgemini 23rd Oct 2008, 8:52am
hi i was wondering if anyone could offer me some advice.i am pregnant and have recently finished a temping contract after i need to have worked 26weeks to claim maternity allowance can anyone tell me i will be entitled to anything.iv been trying to look for another temping job but as soon as employers see my big belly its a nono.i would be grateful for any advice as im geting pretty scared.thanks in advance.x
by nikicola22 20th Oct 2008, 8:53am
hey im 30 weeks pregnant and am 17 i only work part time for 8 hours a week my weekly pay is over £45 a week just wondering am i intitled to get MA ?
by Danica28 18th Aug 2008, 9:15am
hi im 20 weeks pregnant i dont work as got sacked in may 2008 i claim jobseekers but was just wanting to know can i still claim maternity allwonce and when is it i can start claiming it if anyone can let me know would be a great help
by charlotte8908 18th Aug 2008, 9:14am
Hi, I'm 7 weeks pregnant and I start working with them 18 May 2008 , I would like to keep working until 7 or 8 months pregnant I just would like to be make sure can i get maternity pay , and also what does smp pay?
Many Thanks.
by theory 14th Aug 2008, 8:52am
i was just wondering if any1 knew how 2 keep track of your maternity allowance form just 2 check what stage its at in being prossesed ???
by xxjuiexx 5th Aug 2008, 9:10am
I dont intend to work after my baby is born. Does that mean I will get any money at all? Should I tell my employer this? or is it the government that pays my maternity pay?
by Christinem79 4th Aug 2008, 9:03am
by newlymallin 4th Aug 2008, 9:02am
hi. i am 21 weeks pregnant next week, and am going to give up work on the 29th august.i have been working for a company since dec 07. could someone please tell me what i am entitled to/not entitled to?
by TWINSHOCKMUMMY 4th Aug 2008, 9:02am
I have started working for a company on 10th May 2008, only to find out I am 8weeks pregnant, I also only have a letter stating that this is a 6months trial, I have received a pay increase after my first month and really need to know where I stand with materinity pay, can the boss stop my contract, I would like to continue working for the company and also do not know when I should tell them.

Can someone please advise me on the best way to deal with my situation
by VIPS 18th Jul 2008, 10:02am
hi! i came to this country on 06/09/07, i started working from nov. But i started another job from jan and i took maternity leave from march. they told me i will not get SMP. Now i am getting child benefit 18.80 per week and income support for me 60.50. Recently i appelied for Sure Start Maternity Grant also, is there any other benefits that i am supposed to get that i am not geting because income support that i get is not enought for me to do everything.
by khushee 17th Jun 2008, 1:19pm
Hi I am looking for some advise I work at my present job since September and am now 3 month pregnant.
My partner lives in England and myself in Scotland he has asked me to move down in August where my first child can start secondery school. But i loose all benifits from work if I leave but want to go with my partner. Do you know if I can get help from the government until after the baby is born, and I am able to work again.

Thanks for you help
by Yazzy 29th May 2008, 8:48am
Hi I am currently connected to a private company but when I had my baby 2 years ago, my employer paid me only 4 weeks, 90% of my monthly pay then i will receive £117.18/week if i will extend more than 4 weeks, but I just read that my employer should have paid 6 weeks instead of 4 weeks, I had to be back to work after 4 weeks because i could not afford to receive £117.18/week.
by January 21st Apr 2008, 8:38am
hi can u pl advice me if i am work with agency since 5 years is any problem with smp
by mausami 15th Apr 2008, 8:44am
Help and advice please.
I have worked for the same employer for 8.5years. I moved to Canada with this employer 6.5yrs ago and I will be retuning to the UK, still with the same employer in April this year. My concern is what my entitlements will be in the UK I will not have worked the 26 out of the "66 week test period" in the UK. I will be taking a break for 5 weeks when I return to the UK so will not start my new role until the first of June and my baby is due on Nov 2nd. Does anyone know how the benefits work re this situation?

by 1summer 14th Apr 2008, 8:41am
mrw she is still entitled to go back to the same job and have the same position offered to her but she can also ask for flexible working hours if she wishes i am in the same situation and she is also entitled to ma (*maternity allowance) £112.00 per week from the jobcentre while on maternity and is allowed 9 mths leave paid at this rate her employer has to consider her request for flexible working hrs but if they refuse she can appeal against the decision but its not really worth it if they said no to start with

adele from the day you start you are entitled to pay weather it be from the jobcentre or your employer all the help will be on the jobcentre web page look up make a claim and it tells you all you are entitled to and where to apply for it hope all helps
by kaz01 26th Mar 2008, 9:02am
just had one question- if you are getting SMP from your employer, and then you decide you would like to work elsewhere while you are on maternity leave, do you still get SMP from your previous employer or is it automatically stopped? basically, can you claim SMP from one employer while you are working somewhere else?
by papi29 27th Feb 2008, 9:17am
My wife is expecting in August, however she will have only been with her new employer six months by this time. Does anybody know what her options would be if she wanted to go back on reduced hours given the short amount of time she would have spend with her new employer?
by MRW 17th Jan 2008, 10:11am
ive worked part time 20 hours per week for 10 months in a heavy job left work as not a good job while pregant do i quilfiy for state maternity money if so how much? thanks
by emmsy30 21st Dec 2007, 10:23am
how long do i need to work as a employed to get the maternity leave?
by adela 13th Jun 2007, 8:40am