Maternity Allowance is usually paid to you if you don’t qualify for Statutory Maternity Pay.
You could get either £136.78 a week or 90% of your average weekly earnings (whichever is lower). It’s paid for up to 39 weeks.
You can claim Maternity Allowance as soon as you’ve been pregnant for 26 weeks. Payments can start 11 weeks before your baby is due.
Any money you get can affect your other benefits.