Maternity benefit: how to apply for this benefit in the UK?

Owomen who work but are not eligible for the Statutory maternity benefit (SMP) can still receive payment while she is away having a baby.

The British government is proposing a Maternity allowance to them, but also to women who are self-employed, who have recently stopped working, or who are working unpaid for their partner’s business.

This benefit can be claimed as long as you have been pregnant for 26 weeks and you can receive it up to 39 weeks, with payments starting up to 11 weeks before the baby is born.

Who is entitled to maternity allowance

To receive Maternity Benefit you must have been employed or self-employed for at least 26 weeks in the 66 weeks before the baby was born, or you must have gained at least 30 pounds per week for at least 13 weeks.

As mentioned above, you can still claim payment if you recently stopped working or performed unpaid work for your partner’s business.

How much could you get from maternity allowance

Mothers who are working or have recently stopped working will receive either £151.97 a week, or 90% of their average weekly earnings – whichever is lower – for 39 weeks.

Meanwhile, for those of you who are self-employed, you can get between £27 and £151.97 a week for 39 weeks depending on the Class 2 National Insurance contributions you have paid over the 66 weeks before the birth of your baby.

How to apply for maternity allowance

Maternity allowance is usually paid directly into your bank account every two or four weeks. To apply for the payments, you must first either complete the Maternity Allowance Application Form (MA1) online or print it out before completing it and send it to the address given on the form.

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