Statutory Maternity Pay and Maternity Allowance
- Statutory maternity pay and maternity allowance are contributory benefits: women who have not made the correct amount of National Insurance Contributions will not be eligible.
- Statutory maternity pay and maternity allowance are payable for 39 weeks.
- The first six weeks of SMP are paid at 90% of the woman’s average weekly earnings. The remaining weeks are paid at a flat rate fixed by regulations ( £140.98 2017/2018 and £145.18 for 2018/9).
- Maternity allowance is available to self-employed women and those who are not eligible for SMP.
- Maternity allowance is payable at either £145.18 (for 2018/9) a week or 90% of average weekly earnings (whichever is lower), or at £27 a week for up to 14 weeks for participating spouses or civil partners.