Write down these dates in Part C2 of the Maternity Allowance claim form. Hi Hayley I am also new, I have been looking for advice too, I think I may need to start a new thread. Look across the table to find the dates of the confinement in I have 14 weeks left of my test period to make NI contributions. Get your books up to date. If she's going to claim it as self employed then she needs to have paid 13 class 2 NI contributions over the test period which is the 56 weeks before the baby is due I think. Maternity Allowance HELP Test Period? I posted last week after work said im not entitled to maternity pay. You will get the full amount of maternity allowance if you have paid enough national insurance (NI) contributions. You can use the benefit calculator on the Turn2us site to see what you may be entitled to claim. To be eligible you need to have worked 26 weeks. Im planning to point all of the above out on my claim form which im submitting this week, but just wondered if anyone else has been/or is in, the same situation and could offer some much needed advice? I'll give them a call tomorrow and see what they say, but i just wondered if anyone else had any info or been in the same situation. Do you know if this would make me eligible for it? Part 4 About your employed earnings . However you can have both parents on an income of £49k each and still continue to get it I think which seems absurd but is the way it currently works. I know you need 13 payslips, and that they don't need to be in consecutive order, e.g. 4 May 2016 Replaced all 3 versions with March 2016 editions. Then you can work out what you were doing at that time. - Does the full 66 week test period need to have Class 2 NI paid on it or is it just for a period within the test period and Your maternity certificate (form MATB1) is accepted as evidence of incap… Maternity Allowance if you’re self-employed A got a letter saying i wasnt entitled too the maternity grant  because i wasnt reciveing the income suport just was recieving job seekers and too ring back when a was getting income surport so a rang back today and he said they would take another look at my claim just wondered if anyone has had this problem and how long it took for a responce? If you qualify for it, Maternity Allowance is paid by Jobcentre Plus directly to you. Mums-to-be could claim maternity allowance of nearly £150-a-week - even if they are unemployed You can start your claim from the 26th week of … depending when your baby is born, I imagine your joint income for tax year 2014-15 will already have exceeded that figure. - My test period is from 1/08/10 - 05/11/11 (66 weeks) and my exemption period was from 10/10/10-6/05/11. You do not have to be physically working to claim you just have to have been registered as self employed with HMRC. Name and address of employer I have come across this information on another forum. The number is 0845 608 8610. The test period is the 66 weeks up to and including the week before the week your baby is due. Just wondering if anyone could help. Talk to other parents about benefits and entitlements, whether you have questions about Universal Credit, Personal Independence Payment (PIP) applications, maintenance payments or tax credits. Just a quick question, if your sending off payslips for maternity allowance, can the payslips be ones which include holiday hours? Aimee B(130) Posted on 26-10-2015 at 2.51PM ... An 80 minute phone call to HMRC - told to write requesting a national insurance bill, pay bill, claim maternity allowance based on self employment, told this can take around 6 weeks to get a bill. I'm in the process of applying for maternity allowance as I'll be taking a break from my business for at least 3 months when baby comes. It won’t affect your tax credits but could affect how much you get in universal credit, jobseekers allowance, housing benefit and council tax reduction. Also, you don't have to have physically worked 26 weeks, just been on the books/pay role for 26 weeks then they will pay you based on what you earned. Please note, as a peer-to-peer support board, this area is not intended to substitute professional financial advice and Netmums has not checked the qualifications of anyone posting. If one parent earns £50k, child benefit starts to taper off, if that parent earns £60k then you get nothing. You must have been employed or self-employed for at least 26 weeks of the test period (66 weeks up to and including the week before your baby is due). (from experience) Jess :D. Hi Hayley, h�x�69?�6�OՊ�t�`*_�J}vy�s�����4:D�93���hj�zC`'h���J7��2�lrQ.����W�c Ӯ&w��My:Yר���)�|�r�)�?8y�Ϙ�e����qҹ'k�-A�Ɵ�$�N�ჭ�. I have come across this information on another forum. (from experience) Jess, Hi all wondered if anyone could help am currently 30 weeks pregnant due 20th jan 2015 first baby! They can then tell you exactly what to do though it might be that they have to see your form first. So I'm trying to work out now whether I'll be eligible for Maternity Allowance IF I decided not to work at all before the birth. However if you estimate your 2015-16 income, it may be less than £26k because you will be on mat leave, so you may be eligible. I will leave a message now for our CAB workers to give you some advice :hug: Hi Hayley I am also new, I have been looking for advice too, I think I may need to start a new thread. Thank you for your PM alerting me to your thread. - Page 2 Thank you for your advice re the family liason etc. Wendy, i havent been self-employed, but have been employed for 25 weeks out of the required 26 weeks within the test period. Find the week that includes your expected date of 2. To qualify, you must have paid NI for at … Im new to netmums, so firstly would like to say hi, im hayley, 29 weeks pregnant and very jittery over income at the mo lol. Hello Hayley, Would you happen to know, once the baby is born, wether we would be entitled to working tax credits as he doesnt earn more than £20k and i would still be on maternity leave. Hi, I am registered self employed and, being pregnant, have recently sent back my National Insurance Small Earnings Exemption Certificate as i wish to start paying National Insurance class 2, as not doing so seriously affects the amount of Maternity Allowance i am entitled to … Please see page 9of the Notes sheetand enclose the payslips for those 13 weeks. Maternity Allowance Table to work out your Test Period How to use the table to work out your Test Period 1. It will help a lot if you can try to contact some of them and get together a bit while he is away. It does not matter if these weeks are split up or if they are not all for the same employer. I am unemployed at the moment as i had to leave my previous job over a month ago due to pregnancy complications, so i wont get SMP, but was just wondering if i would still be entitled to maternity allowance seeing as i have worked 25 weeks and have been signed off sick by my doctor since, which should mean im still paying NI contributions and hopefully would make me eligable for the extra week required..? Ring the call centre that deals with maternity allowance. Any money you get can affect your other benefits. The cut off for tax credits with one child is around £26k, that is without childcare costs. They can then tell you exactly what to do though it might be that they have to see your form first. Kim - I think you need to start a new thread as the query your asking about is totally different to what the OP has asked. You don't have to provide proof of earnings as they take it that you are earning the minimum due to paying the class 2 NI I just wondered if anyone is in the same boat as me or knows how this works from previous experience because no one at DWP or NI have been very clear! —(1) The specified period for the purposes of section 35A(4) and (5) of the Contributions and Benefits Act shall, subject to paragraph (2), be the period of 13 consecutive weeks falling within the test period in respect of which a woman’s average weekly earnings determined in … Payments can start 11 weeks before your baby is due. However if you estimate your 2015-16 income, it may be less than £26k because you will be on mat leave, so you may be eligible. I have their number, but to be honest, ive enquired a few things with them, and 9 times out of 10 theyre not entirely sure themselves. I still sent in payslips for the months I was employed so should be interesting to … Just unsure wether or not they will accept payslips which are from weeks when I received holiday pay/ basic pay and holiday pay. You are unlikely to be paid SMP, as you do not qualify, however I think you may qualify for SMA, if not you may be able to qualify for ESA, however - means tested benefits may be affected as your partner will be earning. I know that I've asked this question before, but I think I phrased it so badly that nobody understood it. The cut off for tax credits with one child is around £26k, that is without childcare costs. Ps everyone gets Child benefit if wages under £60k combined (think that's the cut off! Maternity Allowance Table to work out your Test Period How to use the table to work out your Test Period 1. Maternity allowance is basically for people who can't claim SSP through their employer. Im in the process of claiming for Maternity Allowance, and having read the rules and eligibility criteria i have worked out that i have only worked 24/25 weeks of the 66 week test period prior to my due date (14.10.12). In a row. Even though you are not physically living together, it's most likely you would be considered a couple and he would be expected to have some financial responsibility for you and the baby. So here goes again. When you go back to work you may be eligible for help with childcare costs as long as you both work 16+ hours week and your baby is in Ofsted registered childcare. Posted 11/09/2016. Try not to divulge to much to them as I'm sure they will try and do everything in there power to be as awkward as possible otherwise! If you get paid monthly you send in 4 pay slips (13 if you got paid weekly). Try not to divulge to much to them as I'm sure they will try and do everything in there power to be as awkward as possible otherwise! It all counted and I just sent in my 4 highest payslips within the timescale. You This will depend on your National Insurance (NI) contributions in recent years. It's quite high) x. Hiya everyone! I've filed my tax return for 2016/2017 and paid class 2 national insurance contributions for the 2016/2017 tax year (even though based on my first years profit I … However you can have both parents on an income of £49k each and still continue to get it I think which seems absurd but is the way it currently works. They rang me with a question about my application - really sensible and helpful, and really quick to get sorted. Is there a number you can ring with the info? When you go back to work you may be eligible for help with childcare costs as long as you both work 16+ hours week and your baby is in Ofsted registered childcare. Your claim to Maternity Allowance (MA) will be decided on the work you have … So I would imagine that any time on sick would count. Wendy. Updated the English versions of the Maternity Allowance claim form with new test period tables covering 2018 to 2019. Maternity Allowance form (MA1), guidance notes and test period table Date published: 11 November 2020 Download and send a completed MA1 form to the address on the form. If you have a problem whilst he is away, the Army will have a families liason officer to help - however I think you will find the other Mums and girlfriends can offer more support. The earliest you can get paid maternity allowance is 11 weeks before your baby is due, and the latest is from the day of your baby’s birth. Make sure your OH leaves you all the phone numbers you need before he goes, and makes sure he has updated his paperwork so they have your details. Employer 1 . To be eligible The Direct Gov site says, The Direct Gov site says, "You may be eligible if 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). Find the week that includes your expected date of 2. As long as you have been paying class 2 NI for 13 weeks in the 66 week test period, then you will receive the full MA alowance for up to 39 weeks 2. So as long as you have been registered for 26 weeks during the 66 week test period you will be fine. Also you need to have been paying class 2 NIC for 13 weeks withut having a Small exemption certificate in place to get the standard rate. Congratulations on your pregnancy! You will definately get child benefit of approx £20 a week. If you cannot get either SMP from your employer or MA from Jobcentre Plus, you may be able to get Employment and Support Allowance (ESA). I got my letter back today and it says I'm not entitled as I haven't worked 26 weeks out of 66 in my test period! So I'm trying to work out now whether I'll be eligible for Maternity Allowance IF I decided not to work at all before the birth. Maternity Allowance is paid for up to 39 weeks. Hope you get sorted :), https://www.netmums.com/coffeehouse/money-advice-1127/benefits-entitlements-267/800124-new-mum-maternity-allowance-help.html#post12237906. You can claim Maternity Allowance as soon as you’ve been pregnant for 26 weeks. Four payslips actually covers 16 weeks and as far as I can remember they didn't ask for actual dates worked. You will definately get child benefit of approx £20 a week. Kim - I think you need to start a new thread as the query your asking about is totally different to what the OP has asked. I am self employed but had a small earnings exemption certificate up until last week. Due to him working and earning were not entitled to any benefits at the moment, apart from my maternity benefits, and i am currently claiming ESA whilst i am signed off sick, which will terminate once i apply for maternity allowance. You can start your claim from the 26 th week of your pregnancy. Providing you have paid at least 13 weeks' Class 2 NICs in your 66 test period, either through your Self-Assessment or earlier through the exceptions process, you are entitled to standard rate Maternity Allowance of £148.68 pw. I think Jesse's comment is useful if anyone has been self-employed, but I am not clear that this applies to your situation. Self-employed women may also get Maternity Allowance. Then you can work out what you were doing at that time. So i now have forms for maternity allowance and i am so confused. Page 2. Always seek professional advice relevant to your circumstances. So as long as you have been registered for 26 weeks during the 66 week test period you will be fine. Again this would mean my NI contributions have been and are still being paid as my sick note goes up until 16th august. Test period for Maternity allowance? Im in the process of claiming for Maternity Allowance, and having read the rules and eligibility criteria i have worked out that i have only worked 24/25 weeks of the 66 week test period prior to my due date (14.10.12). Welcome to Netmums :hiya: 2021 Test Period Tables The week that includes The first and last day The week that includes The first and last day your expected date of of your 66 weeks Test your expected date of of your 66 weeks Test confinement. For more info, check out. We can check your benefit entitlement and make sure you are getting all that you are entitled to. I @purplefig No - This is how to do it: 1. Single mum on benefits, can't afford to live. Luckily i have a fantastic network of family and friends, including other military gf's/wives and im so anal so i have made sure i have every single phone number possibly needed while he is away ha ha, Hi all wondered if anyone could help am currently 30 weeks pregnant due 20th jan 2015 first baby! Thanks in advance. I think that's correct anyway, we have no chance of either of us ever getting close to earning 50k so doesn't apply to us ! If one parent earns £50k, child benefit starts to taper off, if that parent earns £60k then you get nothing. The MAT is £30 a week so you must earn on average at least £30 a A got a letter saying i wasnt entitled too the maternity grant because i wasnt reciveing the income suport just was recieving job seekers and too ring back when a was getting income surport so a rang back today and he said they would take another look at my claim just wondered if anyone has had this problem and how long it took for a responce? The Direct Gov site says, "You may be eligible if 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). Wtf! Just wondering if anyone could help. … I'm in the process of applying for maternity allowance as I'll be taking a break from my business for at least 3 months when baby comes. I was on maternity leave from Dec '07 to Dec '08 2. To get MA your earnings, on average, must be at least equal to the Maternity Allowance Threshold (MAT) which applies at the beginning of your test period. lol. So my question is, does anyone know if due to me not being fit to work and having it certificated would still enable me to be eligible for the minimum 26 weeks of NI contributions to enable me to claim MA? Driving me bonkers! Hello! Claim as soon as you can after then, even if you are still working. standard rate of Maternity Allowance or 90% of your average weekly earnings if this calculation results in a figure which is less than the standard rate of Maternity Allowance. Ring the call centre that deals with maternity allowance. waitingonbubba3. Thanks in advance :) x, https://www.netmums.com/coffeehouse/money-advice-1127/benefits-entitlements-267/800124-new-mum-maternity-allowance-help.html#post8070944. One week I did one shift, the next none and the next I may have done 5. The amount of Maternity Allowance you will receive will depend on your Class 2 National Insurance contributions. A bit of background first: 1. Im sure we can claim child benefit too. 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