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For information relating to the NICs changes and Statutory Maternity Pay contact HM Revenue & Customs Helpline on 03. UK Maternity Benefits Guidance Maternity Allowance is £140.98 or 90%of your average gross weekly earnings (before tax), whichever is the smaller amount.You will get the full amount of Maternity Allowance if you have paid enough national insurance contributions.

If you claim late, you can get Maternity Allowance backdated for up to three months if you would have been entitled to it earlier. From 5 April 2015, you may be able to get Shared Parental Leave (SPL) and Statutory Shared Parental Pay (SSPP) with your spouse, civil partner or joint adopter.

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.

You can also ask them to reconsider their decision.

If you're still unhappy with their decision, you can appeal in most cases.

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