You might get Maternity Allowance if:
- you’re employed, but you can’t get Statutory Maternity Pay
- you’re self-employed and paying Class 2 National Insurance contributions
- you’re self-employed and have a Certificate of Small Earnings Exception
- you’ve recently stopped working
You must also have been:
- employed or self-employed for at least 26 weeks in the 66 weeks before the week your baby is due
- earning at least £30 a week over any 13-week period
You may still qualify if you’ve recently stopped working. It doesn’t matter if you had different jobs or periods of unemployment.
Use the maternity entitlement calculator to check your eligibility.
If you lose the baby
You may still qualify if the baby is either:
- stillborn from the start of the 24th week of pregnancy
- born alive at any point during the pregnancy
Change of circumstances
Report any changes to your circumstances to your local Jobcentre Plus as they can affect how much you get. For example, if you go back to work.