How much you can get in maternity payments
Most women will receive statutory maternity pay when they have a baby. This is 90pc of your salary for six weeks, and then the lower of £140.98 or 90pc of your salary for 33 weeks.
The selfemployed instead receive maternity allowance, which is usually £140.98 a week, or 90pc of their average earnings. To be eligible, in the 66 weeks before your baby is born you must have been working for 26 weeks and have earned at
least £30 a week for 13 of those weeks.
The amount you receive will depend on your eligibility level.
If you have not paid National Insurance for 13 weeks you will be eligible to receive only £27 a week in maternity payments.
You can claim maternity allowance once you have been pregnant for 26 weeks and payments can start 11 weeks before due date.