Single mum on benefits, can't afford to live. Look across the table to find the dates of the confinement in the Test I @purplefig No - This is how to do it: 1. 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). If you need a bit more help and support, please contact SSAFA or your local CAB , either of us can help you. 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. You could get Maternity Allowance for 14 weeks if for at least 26 weeks in the 66 weeks before your baby is due: you’re married or in a civil partnership. 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. It will help a lot if you can try to contact some of them and get together a bit while he is away. To qualify, you must have paid NI for at … Ring the call centre that deals with maternity allowance. Payments can start 11 weeks before your baby is due. It all counted and I just sent in my 4 highest payslips within the timescale. They can then tell you exactly what to do though it might be that they have to see your form first. 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). Claim as soon as you can after then, even if you are still working. 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. 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. - Page 2 I was on maternity leave from Dec '07 to Dec '08 2. 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. Four payslips actually covers 16 weeks and as far as I can remember they didn't ask for actual dates worked. If one parent earns £50k, child benefit starts to taper off, if that parent earns £60k then you get nothing. Find the week that includes your expected date of 2. Your claim to Maternity Allowance (MA) will be decided on the work you have … 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. 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 ! Name and address of employer Is there a number you can ring with the info? So i now have forms for maternity allowance and i am so confused. Is there a number you can ring with the info? 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 … 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. Thank you for all the advice I am self employed but had a small earnings exemption certificate up until last week. The cut off for tax credits with one child is around £26k, that is without childcare costs. Driving me bonkers! depending when your baby is born, I imagine your joint income for tax year 2014-15 will already have exceeded that figure. Maternity Allowance (MA) is a benefit for women who are working, or have worked recently, but who do not qualify for Statutory Maternity Pay. You cannot claim more than 14 weeks before the week in which you expect your baby. So I would imagine that any time on sick would count. So here goes again. Welcome to Netmums :hiya: Get your books up to date. So I've just sent off my application for Maternity Allowance. 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. The earliest your maternity allowance period can start is 11 weeks before the week in which you expect your baby. 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. To be eligible you need to have worked 26 weeks. 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 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? It does not matter if these weeks are split up or if they are not all for the same employer. 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�. Self-employed women may also get Maternity Allowance. Maternity Allowance Table to work out your Test Period How to use the table to work out your Test Period 1. Please tell us below about your employer or employers during your Test Period. 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. The amount of Maternity Allowance you will receive will depend on your Class 2 National Insurance contributions. Test period for Maternity allowance? The number is 0845 608 8610. 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 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. A bit of background first: 1. We need you to choose 13 weeks worth of payslips from within your Test Period that you worked out in section b of Part 3, so we can work out how much Maternity Allowance you can get. My partner is heading out to afghanistan (he is a serving soldier) in less than 2 weeks and im struck with worry about what kind of money im going to be entitled to to keep our little families head above water while hes deployed. As in the number for the benefit office who will be dealing with it? waitingonbubba3. … 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. Maternity Allowance if you’re self-employed However, during the weeks that i was not working throughout this time, i was claiming JSA so my NI contributions would have been paid, and the only reason i have not made it to 26 weeks of employment is because i had to quit my last job due to pregnancy complications and have been signed off sick by my doctor and claiming ESA (employment support allowance) since my employment terminated. 4 May 2016 Replaced all 3 versions with March 2016 editions. Wendy, i havent been self-employed, but have been employed for 25 weeks out of the required 26 weeks within the test period. Updated the English versions of the Maternity Allowance claim form with new test period tables covering 2018 to 2019. Then you can work out what you were doing at that time. 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. You can claim Maternity Allowance as soon as you’ve been pregnant for 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? Your maternity certificate (form MATB1) is accepted as evidence of incap… Maternity Allowance is paid for up to 39 weeks. 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. They rang me with a question about my application - really sensible and helpful, and really quick to get sorted. 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. 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). To be eligible you need to have worked 26 weeks. - 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 Please see page 9of the Notes sheetand enclose the payslips for those 13 weeks. 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. Part 1 About you Maternity Allowance HELP Test Period? Carer's Allowance Call 0800 587 0912 Email dcs.incomingpostteamdhc2@nissa.gsi.gov.uk Discretionary support / Short-term benefit advance Call 0800 587 2750 Email customerservice.unit@communities-ni.gov.uk Call 0800 587 Always seek professional advice relevant to your circumstances. 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. Look across the table to find the dates of the confinement in I think Jesse's comment is useful if anyone has been self-employed, but I am not clear that this applies to your situation. Thanks in advance. To be eligible 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. Then you can work out what you were doing at that time. Part 4 About your employed earnings . 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. Ring the call centre that deals with maternity allowance. 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. Just wondering if anyone could help. Knew it was somewhere near that amount :), https://www.netmums.com/coffeehouse/money-advice-1127/benefits-entitlements-267/800124-new-mum-maternity-allowance-help.html#post12237960, Maternity allowance and sure start maternity grant, Can you work, whilst claiming maternity allowance. Just wondering if anyone could help. 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). Again this would mean my NI contributions have been and are still being paid as my sick note goes up until 16th august. Im sure we can claim child benefit too. I worked casual hours. 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). So as long as you have been registered for 26 weeks during the 66 week test period you will be fine. So as long as you have been registered for 26 weeks during the 66 week test period you will be fine. Any money you get can affect your other benefits. 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? You Page 2. Mines an interesting one as I was still employed for 2 months at the start of my test period (but on mat leave from baby number 1) and registered as self employed the following month. For more info, check out. Find the week that includes your expected date of 2. 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..? Perhaps the rules will change soon . 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 ! —(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 … 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 does seem crazy that a one income family gets it cut off at £60k yet a dual earner family can have a combined income of almost £100k and still get it ! 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. You will definately get child benefit of approx £20 a week. We can check your benefit entitlement and make sure you are getting all that you are entitled to. In a row. Even if you didn't earn enough or pay enough NI contributions in that time as self-employed, you have the option to pay them now - it should still work out better to get the MA. 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! Please see page 9 of the Notes sheet and enclose the payslips for those 13 weeks. Hello Hayley, I sent them a cheque and a letter stating to use the payment specifically for contributions during my test period. Thank you for your advice re the family liason etc. 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. I have 14 weeks left of my test period to make NI contributions. 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. You will definately get child benefit of approx £20 a week. 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). We need you to choose 13 weeks worth of payslips from within your Test Period that you worked out in section b of Part 3, so we can work out how much Maternity Allowance you can get. The earliest you can get your first payment is 11 weeks before your baby is due. Just unsure wether or not they will accept payslips which are from weeks when I received holiday pay/ basic pay and holiday pay. 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! You go off your due date, and it will show you your 'test period'. If you qualify for it, Maternity Allowance is paid by Jobcentre Plus directly to you. Maternity Allowance Table to work out your Test Period How to use the table to work out your Test Period 1. depending when your baby is born, I imagine your joint income for tax year 2014-15 will already have exceeded that figure. Write down these dates in Part C2 of the Maternity Allowance claim form. I have come across this information on another forum. Do you know if this would make me eligible for it? Posted 11/09/2016. Thank you for your PM alerting me to your thread. You can use the benefit calculator on the Turn2us site to see what you may be entitled to claim. You can start your claim from the 26 th week of your pregnancy. - 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. They are the only people that will understand how you will be feeling. Just a quick question, if your sending off payslips for maternity allowance, can the payslips be ones which include holiday hours? 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. 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. 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 do not have to be physically working to claim you just have to have been registered as self employed with HMRC. Hope you get sorted :), https://www.netmums.com/coffeehouse/money-advice-1127/benefits-entitlements-267/800124-new-mum-maternity-allowance-help.html#post12237906. Congratulations on your pregnancy! I posted last week after work said im not entitled to maternity pay. Wendy. One week I did one shift, the next none and the next I may have done 5. I still sent in payslips for the months I was employed so should be interesting to … If one parent earns £50k, child benefit starts to taper off, if that parent earns £60k then you get nothing. 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! 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. 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