maternity-rights

Maternity rights - extras

What extra help you're entitled to

Some mums get extra benefits, credits, support, grants, allowances on top of statutory maternity pay and leave

Here’s a guide to what’s available...

At a glance

  • You're entitled to paid time off for antenatal care
  • There are a range of benefits you may be entitled to
  • Your partner could be entitled to additional paid paternity leave
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What are my maternity rights?

There’s a lot of support available to help new mums, so when you get pregnant, you may be entitled to four really helpful things:

Here we look at the extra benefits, credits, support, grants and allowances you might want to apply for.

What could I apply for?

The government is keen to help new mums so you may be entitled to a range of extra benefits:

  • Child Benefit
  • Child Tax Credit
  • Working Tax Credit - this can continue for 39 weeks after you go on maternity leave
  • Income Support - you may get this while you’re not working
  • Sure Start Maternity Grant - you could get £500, usually for your first child
  • Maternity allowance - if you don’t qualify for statutory maternity pay (SMP)

Could I get time off work unpaid?

Yes, you could get 18 weeks’ unpaid parental leave after the birth, although this may be restricted to four weeks a year.

Or if you return to work, your partner could get extra paid leave to look after the child - known as ‘Additional Paternity Leave’.

For detailed information on all this extra help, visit the Money Advice Service or government’s Gov.UK website.

Care to share? To find other mums-to-be, visit the Bounty Community.

At a glance

  • You're entitled to paid time off for antenatal care
  • There are a range of benefits you may be entitled to
  • Your partner could be entitled to additional paid paternity leave
If you return to work, your partner could get extra paid leave to look after your child

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Maternity rights - extras