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Maternity and paternity pay


Statutory Maternity Pay
Statutory Maternity Pay is meant to help mothers take time off work when they have a baby. It is a temporary payment until you go back to your job. You apply through your employer and, if you qualify, you receive it through your wage packet. The payment will be taxed, just like income.

If you’re not sure whether you want to go back to work, you can still ask for Statutory Maternity Pay. You do not have to pay it back if you do not return to work and it is the legal minimum amount your employer has to pay. Your employer may offer additional maternity benefits.

Who can claim:

Mums in employment who are expecting or have recently had a baby can claim this. Whether you qualify depends on how long you have been in your current job. If your wages are low and do not reach the minimum level, you might not qualify. If your baby was born prematurely, the amount of your pay may be affected. If you can’t get Statutory Maternity Pay, you still might qualify for Maternity Allowance (see below).

You can get more information from your employer’s human resources department or your local trade union.

Statutory Paternity Pay
Statutory Paternity Pay is meant to help dads take time off work when their babies are born. You apply through your employer. If you qualify, you receive it through your wage packet. The payment will be taxed, just like income. In addition to Statutory Paternity Pay, you might also be entitled to unpaid time off work to deal with family emergencies or to care for your child.

Who can claim:

You must be the baby’s dad or the mum’s husband, partner or civil partner, with responsibility for the child’s upbringing. If you were working for your employer when your partner first became pregnant, you can probably get Statutory Paternity Pay.

If your wages are low and do not reach the minimum amount, you might not qualify. You also might not get it if you work part-time. It depends on how much you earn.

You can get more information from your employer’s human resources department or your local trade union.

Maternity Allowance
Maternity Allowance is meant to help mums take time off work when they have a baby.

It is a temporary benefit, paid in the late stages of pregnancy and while your baby is young. It goes straight into your bank account. You do not have to pay tax or National Insurance on it.

Who can claim:

If you don’t qualify for Statutory Maternity Pay, you might be able to get Maternity Allowance. This could happen if you:

  • are unemployed but have worked in the past 
  • have recently changed jobs
  • have a low wage, work part-time, or are self-employed.

If your baby was born prematurely, you can usually still get Maternity Allowance. It’s important to contact your Jobcentre straight away.

Sure Start Maternity Grant
A Sure Start Maternity Grant is a one-off payment to help you meet the costs of having a new baby if you are on a low income. It is paid straight into your bank account and you do not have to pay it back. It is important to apply straight away to make sure you don’t miss out on any money.

Who can claim:

If you get benefits or tax credits because you are on a low income, you might be able to get a Sure Start Maternity Grant. If you have money in savings, it won’t affect your claim. You can find out more information from your midwife, health visitor or GP or your local Jobcentre Plus


Where you can find out more about these:

The government website
The Department for Work and Pensions
Your local Citizens Advice Bureau
HM Revenue and Customs

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