I´ve been living abroad for the past 11 months. My partner and I have decided to go back to living the good life in the UK. We are really keen to start trying for a baby asap. We are both likely to get average paying jobs and having worked it out, I think that as long as I receive Maternity Allowance, we will be fine financially. I plan to move back to the UK and get a job before getting pregnant. Does anyone know if my having been abroad for a year previous to getting pregnant could negatively impact on my right to maternity allowance?
Thanks for your reply. You are right, I wouldn´t be eligible for stat maternity pay, but if I worked 26 weeks of the 66 weeks before my due date, I would be able to get maternity allowance (MA) which is a very similar amount of money. So I figured if I have a job before getting pregnant, I would be in a good position to complete 26 weeks work and be eligible for MA. My question is really whether or not being abroad for 1 year previous, would affect my right to MA.