I decided on a career change earlier this year an as such set up a small business from home yet to prodcue an income. Therfore I registered as Self Employed.
Meanwhile once we found out I was pregnant we decided to give the bank balance a baby boost and I popped back into fulltime work with a contract from August - Dec where I was put on the companies payroll therefore went back to being an employee.
As I've not worked for 26 weeks I understand from what I've read that I'm not entitled to Statuatory Maternity Pay but more likely to be entitled to Maternity Allowance.
I can't find any forms to fill out on line to apply for this, can anyone help by confirming what I am entitled to based on my specific circumstances as above? I'd really appreciate a steer in the right direction.
right, thanks Crafty. It's not great is it, but it doesn't sound as though there's not too much difference btw MA and SMP, to warrant going back to full time esp. for this reason. (if I've figured it out correctly!) Thank you
http://www.dwp.gov.uk/advisers/claimforms/ma1.pdf /You can do this online,and save the form and it tells you all the relevent forms you have to send in like your MAT B 1,I sent mine in by registered post once completed.It also gives you info for your qualifying 26 weeks I had worked 3 part time jobs (but quit two in summer)so I was really confused about where to start, but the download form is really helpful, you also have 13 weeks of wage slips to provide and try to choose the weeks you have earned the most.To prove you have earned over £30pw they took about 2 weeks after I sent off the forms to start my payments. Hope this helps x
Crafty hope you don't me asking for a bit more clarification. I got a national ins bill of about £30 for my self employed status. My accountant toldme to apply for a deferment as I returned back to work for a full time freelance contract. I just want to make sure that if I file the deferment I'm not losing out on getting the top level MA which as I've worked fulltime between Aug - Dec I can provide the 13 weeks of payslips which should entitle me to the upper level.
Am I better just to pay the NI in regards to the self employed stauts to ensure I get the MA top level?
I think they give you around £124 a week or 90% of your earnings with musings about 'or whichever is least' it's not a lot anyway.
I had real trouble with baby brain and filling in all the forms but had a clear day printed it all out so I could focus and got it sorted I am getting the £124 a week when I finish better than nothing but not great at all.