GFTU Emplaw Emplaw Emplaw

Statutory Maternity Pay and Maternity Allowance

Key Points

  • 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 (£172.48from April 2023).
  • Maternity allowance is available to self-employed women and those who are not eligible for SMP.
  • Maternity allowance is payable at either £172.48 (from 6th April 2023) 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. 

The full content of this page is available to subscribers only. Please purchase a subscription if you feel this content will be of use to you.


Login or subscribe (includes subscription information) to access the full content of this page.