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Maternity pay and maternity allowance

Discussion in 'Pregnancy' started by juno21, Dec 12, 2011.

  1. Hello. I've had just started a new school in a new LEA when I found out I'm pregnant. I have been assured that they will use my continuous service from my previous LEA so I will get paid the 6 weeks 90% and 13 weeks half pay, but I need to claim SMA aswell as I am not entitled to SMP.
    Does anyone know what I do about my MAT B1 form? Do I give this to my employer even though they can't pay SMP or the jobcentre plus? Neither my school or midwife seem to know.
    Thank you to anyone that can help.
     
  2. Hello. I've had just started a new school in a new LEA when I found out I'm pregnant. I have been assured that they will use my continuous service from my previous LEA so I will get paid the 6 weeks 90% and 13 weeks half pay, but I need to claim SMA aswell as I am not entitled to SMP.
    Does anyone know what I do about my MAT B1 form? Do I give this to my employer even though they can't pay SMP or the jobcentre plus? Neither my school or midwife seem to know.
    Thank you to anyone that can help.
     
  3. FollyFairy

    FollyFairy Occasional commenter

    If you do not qualify for statutory maternity pay, you may qualify for maternity allowance. This is payable if your earnings are at least as much as the earnings threshold of £30.00 per week (as at April 2009) for 26 weeks within the 66 weeks prior to your expected week of childbirth.

    Maternity allowance is £128.73 per week (as at April 2011) or 90 per cent of your weekly earnings if they are less than £112.75 and should be claimed from your local office of the Department for Work and Pensions.

    If employed, your employer should inform you if they are not able to pay you statutory maternity pay and provide you with form MA1 to claim maternity allowance.

    Maternity allowance is not taxable or pensionable.

    From: http://www.atl.org.uk/help-and-advice/parental-leave/maternity.asp
     
  4. The advice that they are giving you is rather confusing to me and I am not sure it is correct. The 50% OMP is not statutory. However, the 90% for 6 weeks IS part of SMP so I don't understand why they would pay that to you if they are not going to pay SMP. SMA is the same as SMP apart from for those 6 weeks (ie 128 a week).
    The whole things a nightmare and as far as I can see the male-led teaching unions are about as much use as chocolate tea pots in helping anyone to understand anything.
     
  5. Your 'burgandy book' entitlements are:
    [*]
    4 weeks: full pay (including MA if
    eligible)

    [*]
    2 weeks: 90% pay (including MA if
    eligible)

    [*]
    12 weeks: 50% pay plus MA if
    eligible

    [*]
    21 weeks: MA if eligible (unpaid
    otherwise)

    [*]
    13 weeks: unpaid

    For MA you can see the following:
    http://www.direct.gov.uk/en/MoneyTaxAndBenefits/BenefitsTaxCreditsAndOtherSupport/Expectingorbringingupchildren/DG_10018869

    The MATB1 goes to the benefits agency along with an application for MA
    http://www.dwp.gov.uk/advisers/claimforms/ma1_print.pdf

    This needs to be accompanied by an SMP1 form
    http://www.dwp.gov.uk/advisers/claimforms/smp1_print.pdf
    Which you fill in but your current employer ticks that they are not paying you SMP because you will not have been employed by them for 26 weeks by the 15th week before you are due.

    Then you send these forms off with payslips (to cover 13 of the weeks in your 'test period' (see link above which has all terms explained).
    Hope that helps!

     

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