Legal advice: Top Tips For Self Employed on Maternity Leave
- If you have been self-employed for at least 26 weeks in the 66 weeks before the week you expect to give birth, you may be entitled to Maternity Allowance. The 26 weeks need not be a consecutive period.
- Your average earnings must be at least £30 per week and you must have stopped work to have your baby to receive this benefit.
- You are required by law to register yourself as self-employed with HMRC.
- You can begin to claim Maternity Allowance at the start of the 14th week before the week your baby is due.
- Maternity Allowance is currently £136.78 or 90% of your average weekly gross earnings, whichever is smaller.
- In order to make a claim, contact your local JobCentre Plus.
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