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Maternity Allowance is usually paid to you if you didn’t qualify for Statutory Maternity Pay. The amount you can get depends on your eligibility. You can claim Maternity Allowance as soon as you have been pregnant for 26 weeks. Payments can start 11 weeks before your baby is due.
The amount you can get depends on your eligibility.
You could get either:
£139.58 a week or 90% of your average weekly earnings (whichever is less) for up to 39 weeks
£27.00 a week for up to 14 weeks
You might get Maternity Allowance for 39 weeks if one of the following applies:
you're employed, but you can’t get Statutory Maternity Pay
you're self-employed and paying Class 2 National Insurance (including Voluntary National Insurance) for at least 13 of the 66 weeks before your baby’s due - the amount of Maternity Allowance you get depends on how much Class 2 National Insurance you’ve paid
you have recently stopped working
In the 66 weeks before your baby’s due, you must also have been:
employed or self-employed for at least 26 weeks
earning (or classed as earning) at least £30.00 a week over any 13-week period
Learn more about Incapacity Benefit from nidirect.
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