Advice & Support

Am I entitled to Maternity Allowance? Ask the expert

Am I entitled to Maternity Allowance? Ask the expert

I found out that I won't get my maternity allowance as I only worked 21 weeks within the 66 weeks before my due date. I was a full-time student so I did not pay any taxes. Does that count? I still have 14 weeks to go. Would voluntary work or giving private classes count to have those 5 missing weeks? 

Discussion: 0 comments

Read Story

Turned down for Maternity Allowance: ask the expert

Turned down for Maternity Allowance: ask the expert

I have just been refused maternity allowance because I haven't paid enough National Insurance contributions. Could I pay what I owe and still get maternity allowance?

Discussion: 1 comments

Read Story

Self employed and told I only get £27 per week in Maternity Allowance: ask the expert

Self employed and told I only get £27 per week in Maternity Allowance: ask the expert

I'm self employed and have held a small earnings certificate, but have been paying voluntary Class 2 NI contributions since March this year. My baby is due on the 7th December. I've worked continuously self employed for the last four years and only cancelled the certificate yesterday when I received a letter from the maternity allowance saying I was only entitled to £27 per week.  Will I be entitled to the full amount of Maternity Allowance or a reduced rate?

Discussion: 1 comments

Read Story

Pregnant during unpaid part of maternity leave: ask the expert

Pregnant during unpaid part of maternity leave: ask the expert

I am on maternity leave and have just found out that I am pregnant again. My relevant period is when my SMP will have stopped so therefore I won't qualify for SMP for my next period of maternity leave. Now if my employer agrees to pay me my accrued holiday pay during the relevant period then would this count as earnings for the purpose of SMP calculations?

Discussion: 0 comments

Read Story

Am I entitled to maternity pay: ask the expert

Am I entitled to maternity pay: ask the expert

I am currently not working and 11 weeks pregnant. I hope to start a part-time 16 hours a week job in two weeks' time and work there for five months on a fixed-term temporary contract. Am I entitled to any maternity pay? i think I'm not entitled to SMP, but am I entitled to Maternity Allowance? My partner works 17 hours per week and we receive child and working tax credits and some housing and council tax benefit.

Discussion: 1 comments

Read Story