So women claiming maternity allowance may not have paid enough contributions to qualify.
We had a caller to our helpline who was given the run-around when she applied for the allowance.‘The Department for Work and Pensions agreed to pay her a lower rate of allowance of £27 a week.
The rate you end up receiving depends on a decision you make regarding national insurance when you first register as self-employed.
Today, self-employed mum Frances Weir explains the implications of getting that decision right.
Did you know the level of maternity allowance (MA) you get as a self-employed mum does not depend on how much you earn from your business?
Self-employed mums can only get the maximum rate (£123.88 a week) or the minimum rate (£27 a week) – a big difference.
Proof your were ill for the time you want to backdate your claim.
Proof can be a Fit Note or letter from your doctor or a medical certificate.
‘Backdated’ means the date your claim starts from is moved back in time.
Under the section that delegates to the Secretary the ability to designate the level of control for convalescent leave that exceeds 30 days, Secretary Mabus has directed that commanding officers grant additional convalescent leave up to 84 days beyond the currently authorized 42 days of convalescent leave following the birth of a child.
For families, increased time following the birth of her child has tangible benefits for the physical and psychological health of both mother and child.
July 2, Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus announced that effective immediately, women who serve in the Navy and Marine Corps will have 18 weeks of maternity leave available to use during the first year of her child's life.
"In the Navy and the Marine Corps, we are continually looking for ways to recruit and retain the best people," Mabus said.