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Statutory Adoption Pay - How much Statutory Adoption Pay will I get?

If you adopt a child you may qualify for Statutory Adoption Pay during your adoption leave from work.

How much Statutory Adoption Pay will I get?

Statutory Adoption Pay is paid at a flat rate of £151.97 a week or 90% of your normal gross weekly earnings, whichever is lower.

You can get Statutory Adoption Pay for up to 39 weeks.

Benefit Cap

Statutory Adoption Pay is not included in the Benefit Cap which limits the total amount in some benefits that working-age people can receive.

How will I be paid Statutory Adoption Pay?

Your employer will pay Statutory Adoption Pay to you in the same way and at the same time as your normal wages.

Statutory Adoption Pay and other benefits

Statutory Adoption Pay counts in full as income when calculating your entitlement to other means-tested benefits. For Tax Credits, £100 per week is ignored. For Universal Credit, some of your Statutory Adoption Pay will be ignored. Use our Benefits Calculator to work out how much you will be entitled to.

Updated: April 2021

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