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08/10/2014 at 11:47
I've got a few queries on this and hoping there might be one or two people in my situation that can help.
I'm self employed, and qualify for the £138 odd a week - i'm just confused at how long it will be paid for/when it will start etc etc.
I'm hoping to work up until about 1 week before (office based so nothing too strenuous) and plan to have 6-7 weeks off (likely to have cs - got an appt in a couple of weeks to discuss) then start working again 2 days a week. Obviously because its such a short period of time I won't know for definite that i'll go back after 6-7 weeks, in case anything crops up with baby/my health etc, so my question here is how long will MA be paid for? It says on Gov website upto 39 weeks - i'm guessing i can't claim it for that whole period but how will they know when to stop it?
I know with SMP you can have 10 KIT days - would this apply here so i'd get 13 weeks MA (1 week before baby, 7 weeks after baby before work, and 5 weeks after baby with KIT days?) I've not read this anywhere so maybe making this up but I'm quite confused by it all, but concerned that if i ring them they will stick a note or something against my name for when i apply and somehow they will con me out of something! Ha, baby brain probably making up dramas in my head for me to worry about!
Hopefully someone will be able to shed some light on this - it'll be most appreciated. Thanks all X
13/10/2014 at 22:40
It starts when you leave work as long as that's within 11 weeks of your due date. It is paid for up to 39 weeks as long as you have paid enough contributions i.e worked at least 26 weeks in last 66 and Pay Class 2 NIC or are employed but not eligible for SMP. Yes I believe you can have KIT days (vital even if it's just to complete tax returns etc..) However they may question 10 back to back KIT days just before you return to work, they aren't meant to be about you returning to work, they are meant to be for ad hoc days at work in your maternity period. It ends when you return to work.
For note the amount you get is based on your pay. So you get £138.18 a week or 90% of your average weekly earnings (whichever is less). So if you earn less than £152ish a week you won't get the full amount.
Good luck with it all
13/10/2014 at 22:41
P.s You need to claim it from 26 weeks pregnant. The earlier the better so it's already in the system, for when you need it.
22/10/2014 at 10:39
Thank you BLL for your reply - I feel very rude not acknowledging your reply until now! I better start looking into the claim as it looks to be quite a hefty amount of paperwork!
Do you know if i have to give them details of KIT days? I'm confused as to how they know what days you are working when you work for yourself as they have no details other than my yearly earnings on my tax return. Sorry if i'm being incredibly stupid!
22/10/2014 at 14:11
I haven't done it as a self-employed person so I'm not sure. I claimed it because I changed jobs just before I fell pregnant (flipping timing eh- 16 years in the same job, I left and finally had a successful pregnancy!).
Anyway you don't need to tell them about KIT days, as long as you don't work more than 10 days you should be fine. They will assess it by looking at your income whilst you are claiming MA.
Hope that makes sense
22/10/2014 at 14:17
Oh oh frustrating!
Thank you for that - makes more sense now.
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