I am currently on mat leave with DS which was due to end next week. I have handed in my notice as they are unable to offer me a part time position, and therefore am only employed until the end of this week, but on the unpaid bit of mat leave. Last week I found out that I'm expecting DC#2, does anyone know if I am entitled to Maternity Allowance?
Thanks Elly, I looked on there and it says employed, but doesnt specify if being on mat leave would count...
I've got an appointment to see my (former) employer to try to get some temp work to try to earn what I can and try to get some sort of mat pay. Feel awful not telling my (former) boss, esp as I told her the day of my BFP last time, but I dont want to chance them not giving me work...
I have just gone through the process of applying for Maternity Allowance, as I was made redundant at Christmas (and then found out I was pregnant at the beginning of Jan!!)
I have my paperwork here... you need to have been employed for at least 26 weeks in the 66 weeks before the week you expect to have the baby. (Nice and straightforward, eh?!)
Eg my baby is due on the 15th September, so as I worked for a minimum of 26 weeks between 6th June 2010 - 10th Sept 2011 I am eligible for Maternity Allowance.
It doesn't mention maternity leave here, but if I were you I would ring up DWP and ask them (anonymously if you want to - they never asked my name or details). 0845 608 8519. It may be that by doing some temp work with your previous employer, it will nudge you over the 26 weeks...
-you've been employed and/or self-employed for at least 26 weeks in -your 'test period' (66 weeks up to and including the week before the week your baby is due) - part weeks count as full weeks -you earned £30 a week averaged over any 13 weeks in your test period
I read the last part that total earnings in 66 weeks divided by 66 (weeks) must be over £30 - however call DWP and confirm this, or check in with the job centre (hopefully you live near one of the good ones!) who can confirm.
As this is not a matter the employer normally gets involved with, I am of limited use other than confirming you are still employed during your mat leave. Don't forget to make sure they pay any accrued outstanding annual leave as it may come down to every last penny to get what you are entitled to under MA.
Just read the jolly-choice-typing (creative use of spelling) from my last post. I can spell - I just cant concentrate! Not long returned from Mat leave, so still catching up (mostly catching up with mumsnet!)