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Sole Trader with very little work but worked before - will I get Maternity Allowance, if so how much??

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NKffffffffae426a6bX12289024474 Fri 17-Jul-09 15:55:24

Hi,

I'm new to this site and was looking for some advice please?

I am 20 weeks pregnant and confused about my entitlement to Maternity Allowance.

At the beginning of the 66 week test period, I understand I can use the 8 weeks there where I earned a decent wage.

I recently became self employed/sole trader. Although I will have enough weeks of being self employed to add to my employment period I am concerned as some weeks, I am getting no clients/no work even though I am advertising and sitting here waiting for people.

I was advised by afew people that although my earnings are low and I am nowhere near making any profit, I should still pay class 2 national insurance to help me qualify.
I have not and do not intend to send for a low earnings certificate in case this hampers my claim and also, I could just as easily get several phonecalls in the coming weeks that would disqualify me from this.

Taking my best 13 weeks in the past 66 weeks, I can show an average of over £300 per week.

Will I still qualify for MA even though some weeks I have had no work come to me?

Any advice or experiences with this gratefully received.

Sorry for long post! I also posted this on employmeny matters part but thought it would be better to post here.

goldenpeach Fri 24-Jul-09 20:35:25

Your local job centre might help. Here is an online article about it with all the links to information and the form to apply. I did work it out in the end, it did my head in but then I returned the complete form to the jobcentre, they were quite nice, so I wish I asked there instead of getting a headache.

http://www.jobcentreplus.gov.uk/JCP/Customers/WorkingAgeBenefits/Dev_008115.xml.html

Find out now if you qualify for it or if you need more work/income to qualify, I just got it but if I had worked only a few days less, I would not have been elegible. So it pays to know early, in which case you have a chance of trying to get some work to fit in. Even part timers qualify but they have these really headachy rules. It would be a pity if you didn't qualify because you miss a few hours or days.

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