How much Maternity Allowance will I get?
Maternity Allowance is £139.58 or 90%of your average gross weekly earnings (before tax), whichever is the smaller amount.
You will get the full amount of Maternity Allowance if you have paid enough national insurance contributions.
You may get a reduced rate if you have not paid enough national insurance contributions.
Maternity Allowance is paid for 39 weeks.
The new lower rate of Maternity Allowance is £27 per week for 14 weeks.
Maternity Allowance is included in the Benefit Cap which limits the total amount in some benefits that working-age people can receive. See our Benefit Cap information guide for more details.
How will I be paid Maternity Allowance?
Maternity Allowance will be paid directly into your Bank, Building Society or Post Office account or by Simple Payment if you are unable to open or manage one of these or a similar account.
Maternity Allowance is usually paid every two or four weeks.
Maternity Allowance and other benefits
Maternity Allowance counts in full as income when calculating your entitlement to other means-tested benefits but is ignored when calculating your entitlement to Working Tax Credit and Child Tax Credit.