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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?

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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?

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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.

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Can you change your return date if you have agreed one: ask the expert

Can you change your return date if you have agreed one: ask the expert

My daughter is expecting her baby in three weeks' time and just found out she qualifies for Maternity Allowance for her part-time job. She told her employer she was pregnant at eight weeks and her boss told her she would only be able to keep her job for three weeks after the baby is born which my daughter accepted and agreed to (she needs the job).  We didn't know until now that my daughter is actually entitled to maternity leave of 26 weeks.  Has she left it too late to tell the employer she has a right to take the full 26 weeks?

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Pregnant after handing in my notice: ask the expert

Pregnant after handing in my notice: ask the expert

I recently changed jobs due to being made redundant. I have been with my new company since the start of May this year, so less than 26 weeks.
I recently applied for a new job with a different company as I wanted part-time work. I got the part-time position and have handed in my notice.
(currently working notice of 4 weeks). Since handing in my notice I have found out that I'm four weeks pregnant. I need some advice as to whether I will be able to claim anything? I take it I won't beable to claim SMP. Would I be better off staying with my present employer?

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