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Maternity Allowance: quarterly statistics

Data on the number of women claiming Maternity Allowance.

A woman who has worked and paid full National Insurance (NI) contributions in the relevant test period can get Maternity Allowance (MA). It is paid for 39 weeks, at the earliest starting 11 weeks before the baby is due. If the woman does any paid work during this period, she cannot get the allowance for that time.

From 6 April 1987 most women who work for an employer and who have average earnings at or above the lower earnings limit are entitled to Statutory Maternity Pay (SMP), which employers are liable to pay.

Because of changes introduced under the EC Directive on the protection of pregnant women at work, employed women expecting babies on or after 16 October 1994 get a higher rate of MA. Women who are not employees in the 15th week before the baby is due get the lower rate of MA.

Changes to MA were introduced for women expecting babies on or after 20 August 2000. The employment and NI contribution tests were replaced with an employment test and a test of average weekly earnings within the test period. The change extended MA to women earning too little to pay NI contributions provided their earnings were at least £30 a week.

Standard rate MA is paid to women whose average earnings at least equal the lower earnings limit and the self-employed who have paid a Class 2 contribution. Women earning less than this but at least £30 get MA worth 90% of that average (maximum payment standard rate).

Read more about the conditions for claiming MA on GOV.UK

Contacts and more information

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Quarterly statistics

  1. Maternity Allowance quarterly statistics: September to November 2014

    • 13 May 2015
    • Statistics - national statistics
  2. Maternity Allowance quarterly statistics: June to August 2014

    • 18 February 2015
    • Statistics - national statistics
  3. Maternity Allowance quarterly statistics: March to May 2014

    • 12 November 2014
    • Statistics - national statistics
  4. Maternity Allowance quarterly statistics: February 2014

    • 13 August 2014
    • Statistics - national statistics
  5. Maternity Allowance quarterly statistics: November 2013

    • 14 May 2014
    • Statistics - national statistics
  6. Maternity Allowance quarterly statistics: August 2013

    • 19 February 2014
    • Statistics - national statistics
  7. Maternity Allowance quarterly statistics: May 2013

    • 13 November 2013
    • Statistics - national statistics
  8. Maternity Allowance quarterly statistics: February 2013

    • 14 August 2013
    • Statistics - national statistics
  9. Maternity Allowance quarterly statistics: November 2012

    • 15 May 2013
    • Statistics - national statistics
  10. Maternity Allowance quarterly statistics: August 2012

    • 9 October 2012
    • Statistics - national statistics
  11. Maternity Allowance quarterly statistics: May 2012

    • 30 August 2012
    • Statistics
  12. Maternity Allowance quarterly statistics: February 2012

    • 7 August 2012
    • Statistics
  13. Maternity Allowance quarterly statistics: November 2011

    • 3 May 2012
    • Statistics - national statistics
  14. Maternity Allowance quarterly statistics: August 2011

    • 2 November 2011
    • Statistics - national statistics
  15. Maternity Allowance quarterly statistics: May 2011

    • 2 November 2011
    • Statistics - national statistics
  16. Maternity Allowance quarterly statistics: February 2011

    • 11 August 2011
    • Statistics - national statistics
  17. Maternity Allowance quarterly statistics: November 2010

    • 9 May 2011
    • Statistics - national statistics
  18. Maternity Allowance quarterly statistics: August 2010

    • 10 March 2011
    • Statistics - national statistics
  19. Maternity Allowance quarterly statistics: May 2010

    • 3 November 2010
    • Statistics - national statistics
  20. Maternity Allowance quarterly statistics: February 2010

    • 6 February 2010
    • Statistics - national statistics

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  1. Maternity Allowance statistics: user questionnaire

    • 13 August 2014
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