You qualify for this if you:
- Started working for your current employer before you became pregnant (you were working for your employer for at least 26 weeks by the end of the 15th week before the week your baby is due)
- Earn at least £123 a week on average
How much will I get?
This is paid for up to 39 weeks at 2 different rates:
- For the first 6 weeks, you’ll get 90% of your average weekly earnings
- For the other 33 weeks you’ll either get £172.48 a week or 90% of your average weekly earnings, whichever is lower
If you decide not to go back to work, you won’t have to repay this money.
When does it start?
This can start from:
- When you go on maternity leave – you can do this any time from your 29th week of pregnancy
- The day after your first full day of absence if you go off sick with a pregnancy-related illness in the 4 weeks before your baby is due
- The day your baby is born if this is before you go on maternity leave
You’ll need to tell your employer exactly when you want your Statutory Maternity Pay to start – at least 28 days before you want this to start. You also have to give them proof that you’re pregnant 15 weeks or more before your baby is due.
When your Statutory Maternity Pay ends, you might be able to claim Universal Credit if you don’t go back to work or are on a low income. And if you can’t go back to work because of your health, you might be able to claim new-style Employment and Support Allowance.