Can you get maternity pay if you are self employed?
There is a social security benefit called Maternity Allowance that you may be entitled to.
This only applies if you are self employment and is your only source of income.
You can submit your MA1 at the start of the 14th week before the week your baby is due.
The important point to remember is that you can’t continue to work (even for yourself) once you start claiming your Maternity Allowance. The exception to this is 10 days throughout the period of your maternity leave that count as “Keeping In Touch” (KIT) days.
There’s no requirement to stop working for the full 39 weeks. Unfortunately, though, once you go back to working, your Maternity Allowance payments stop.
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