Hi I am new to this and thought it might be the best place to get some advice. Here's the problem. I am an HLTA in a Primary School and now 11 weeks pregnant. I planned to take a whole year off work but finding the whole maternity pay thing so confusing and not sure who to talk to. I've looked through government sites and unison info until my eyes were square but still completely confused. Have no idea whether I get Stat Maternity Pay or Contractual. I was under the impression I'd get more or less 90% for 9 months not just 6 weeks. Everyone keeps telling me to keep my mouth shut about whether I am going back or not to ensure I get my maternity pay. I hate my job and am desperate to leave unfortunately I can't afford to pay back the maternity pay. Also, if I resign from my job after my maternity, can I still get benefits or is giving up my job a reason for me not to be allowed any benefits except family allowance.
Sorry I know its a lot to bear but I am seriously stressed about it already.