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Home | UK Benefit Guide | Statutory Maternity Pay

Statutory Maternity Pay (SMP) is paid to a pregnant woman by her employer. It can be paid for up to 39 weeks. It is now possible for the woman to return to work early and allow her partner to use up to 6 months of her unused maternity period, depending on the partners work sutuation they could then qualify for the 6 month leave with the remaining Statutory Maternity Pay being paid to them.

You can get it if you were:

* Employed by your present employer in the 15th week before the week your baby is due.
* Employed by that employer without a break for at least 26 weeks into the 15th week before your baby is due.
* Earning enough on average (£112 a week from April 2013) to be relevant for National Insurance (NI) purposes. (This is lower than the amount when you have to start paying NI contributions.)

If YES to all, claim SMP.

You can choose when to start getting your SMP. The earliest you can start getting SMP is in the 11th week before the week your baby is due. The latest you can start getting SMP is in the week after your baby is born

If you have more than one job, you may be able to get SMP from each employer.

If you cannot get SMP but you have recently been employed or self-employed, you may be able to get Maternity Allowance.


If your average gross earnings are £112 a week or more:

Higher rate 90% of your average earnings for 6 weeks

Lower rate £139.58 for up to 33 weeks

To claim, you must tell your employer at least 4 weeks before you intend to stop work. When you get your maternity certificate (form MAT B1) from your doctor or midwife, give it to your employer. Do not delay, as you may lose benefit.


Incapacity Benefit
Income Support
Maternity Allowance
Maternity Grant
Statutory Adoption Pay
Statutory Paternity Pay
Statutory Sick Pay

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