If you’re registered as self-employed you’re probably eligible for Maternity Allowance. You also need to have been paying Class 2 NIC or have a Certificate of Small Earnings Exception. To check your eligibility visit here
For 2014/15 you will get £138.18 per week. Maternity Allowance is tax free. If you have a Certificate of Small Earnings Exception you will only receive £27 per week.
Maternity Allowance is available for a maximum of 39 weeks and you can start claiming 11 weeks before your baby is due.
To make a claim, print off a claim form here and send to the address on the form.
If you receive Maternity Allowance for the full 39 weeks, you are allowed to work for 10 days during your Maternity Allowance Period. These are called Keeping In Touch days and will not result in you losing your entitlement.
If you have any other questions please give Louise a call on 0151 426 4512.
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