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Seriously stressing about Maternity Allowance

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SourSweets Tue 26-Feb-13 18:34:29


I'm so stressed out today and I really need some practical advice from someone more clued up than me.

I'm only contracted to 14 hours a week which is too low to qualify for SMP so I have to claim Maternity allowance from the government. I have a few questions/concerns about this.

Most weeks I work well above my contracted hours and end up earning enough to pay NI etc, so does this count towards my allowance, am I entitled to more/should I be entitled to SMP as I work pretty much full time, I am just not contracted to it?

Does anyone know of a hotline I can call? I can't find a number anywhere.

There are more hours available at my work which I have applied for. My manager told me she's more than happy to give me the hours but she won't contract me to them because I'll be going on maternity leave. I'm well aware that this is discriminatory and therefore illegal, so I sent her a letter of grievance. They're now saying it's not because I'm pregnant, but because they need to hire someone else anyway so they may aswell just hire someone who can do all the hours and keep my contract as it is. I know this isn't the reason but aside from taking them to an (expensive) employment tribunal there isn't a huge amount I can do about it. Is there?

I am worried that I won't be able to live on my £90 a week maternity allowance, I'd love to hear from people in the same position, to find out how you're coping, what other options there might be etc.

Sorry for the long post, I don't want to talk to my parents as they'll only worry and I don't want to stress my husband out about it because I was the one that convinced him we'd cope financially and now I'm not sure we will.

Thank you for reading.

SignoraStronza Tue 26-Feb-13 22:13:42

You can choose which pay slips you want to send in that fall within the qualifying period. I was only supposed to do 10 hours a week but worked almost full time over the Christmas and New Year period. So obviously I sent those ones in. grin

Result was that my MA gave me much more of an income than the actual job did once it kicked in. I was v. pleasantly surprised.

FoofFighter Tue 26-Feb-13 22:25:37

I did a few hours extra last week but they are like gold dust sad fingers crossed we both get it sorted!

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