I have been looking at the government info on MA and believe I am eligible for it. I've been employed the whole of the test period but am not eligible for SMP as I changed jobs and won't have worked for current employer long enough to claim SMP from them. I will be leaving 4 weeks before my due date.
Soon I've been looking at applying with payments to start 4 weeks before my due date (it appears I can't start payments before I leave my current job? Not a problem but just wondering if I am correct in thinking this?)
It says payments may be made for up to 39 weeks after they start. Great, but I am trying to work out what circumstances would result in the payments stopping sooner than 39 weeks? I'm just trying to work out how long I have receiving this.
I assume they'd stop if I went back to work, fair enough, I'm not planning on it, at least not in those 39 weeks. But if the payments are going to stop sooner I will probably have to find something... So I'd like to know if they are likely to I guess!
I don't receive any other benefits, neither does my partner
Hello moobaloo. I'm not sure how much help I can offer apart from, myself and a friend both received a lump sum up front this time, which will then shorten the term we receive MA for - i.e. we won't get the full 39 weeks, as we had a larger amount initially. This didn't happen last time so I don't know if things have changed, but it is my most recent experience. The amount you get depends upon your income I believe.
Thanks. That makes sense re returning to work, unfortunately my employer has asked me to do occasional filling in days for her, which I would love to do but can't as I can't afford to lose the MA. I have read that I can do 10 "keep in touch" days at work during the duration without it affecting MA as long as I tell the job centre about them. Sounds sensible. I wouldn't be working for the money, just to help her out if they're short.