On the documents I've been given from my work it says I'm entitled to x amount of weeks at 100% pay, x amount at 90% then another amount up to 6 months before I'd just be on smp. This document is over a year old. Have things changed in the last budget or would that only apply to women having babies next year or something? I'm a teacher btw.
So far as I know SMP runs out after 6 months still. E,g, 90% for 1st 6 weeks then £102 pw for the remainder of the 6 months from start of maternity.
I think all the talk was around election promises - no action yet.
I think the new rules are supposed to come in from April 2006 or 2007 - not sure which and that paid maternity leave will be increased to 9months and then will be phased to increase to 1 year - but not sure when this would happen.
Probably will be talked about more fully in the next pre-budget and budget speeches - but this won't be for ages. Would be nice to know though wouldn't it!