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 ( £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. 
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