How much you can get in ma­ter­nity pay­ments

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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.

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