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
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.
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