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Maternity Allowances - can you get SMP and OMP?

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mogwai Tue 14-Oct-08 12:08:28

I work for the NHS two days a week. I am also self-employed a couple of days a week (I do a tuesday plus one hour on a saturday).

I am expecting a baby in June next year, at which point I will have been with the NHS for 12 months. This is not long enough to qualify for the full NHS maternity benefit so I will get 6 weeks at 90% pay followed by SMP.

My question is this - as I will be in receipt of SMP, can I also claim OMP? I believe you can claim this if you are self employed and earn a certian amount (or work a certain number of days) in the period prior to birth.


isaidboo Tue 14-Oct-08 13:54:08

Do you mean maternity allowance? This is only paid if you cannot get SMP afaik.

flowerybeanbag Tue 14-Oct-08 14:02:43

Yes if you mean MA you don't qualify for it if you qualify for SMP, even though it would be in respect of a different job. You can't get both.

You could get 2 lots of SMP if you were employed by two companies, but can't combine.

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