Maternity Allowance is included in the Benefit Cap which limits the total amount in some benefits that working-age people can receive.See our Benefit Cap information guide for more details.You can only make a backdated claim for a limited time.
The time limits are strict, you will usually be given one month to dispute a decision, so it is important to seek advice and act quickly.
Maternity Allowance is a weekly payment for some women who are pregnant or have recently given birth.
Applies to: England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland Age rules: There are no specific age rules Type of benefit: Non means tested Taxable: No Administered by: Jobcentre Plus Maternity Allowance is money paid to some pregnant women who do not qualify for Statutory Maternity Pay from their employer because, for example: • they have recently stopped work to have the baby, or • they do not earn enough money.
See the Turn2us Shared Parental Leave and Pay guide for further details.
If you disagree with the decision made on your benefit claim you can ask for a written statement of reasons.