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Adoption Pay

Key Points

  • Statutory adoption pay is a contributory benefit; only those who have made sufficient Class 1 NICs are eligible to receive it.
  • Statutory adoption pay is available for a maximum of 39 weeks.
  • The first six weeks of statutory adoption pay is now paid at 90% of an employee’s average weekly earnings.
  • Thereafter the flat rate of SAP (2021-2022) is £151.97 per week.
  • A secondary adopter can take two weeks of statutory paternity pay.
  • Shared parental pay is now available to adopting couples.

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