About Maternity Allowance
Maternity Allowance is paid weekly to help you take time off work to have a baby. The allowance is payable for up to 18 weeks. To claim the allowance, you must have paid contributions for a certain period.
The current rate for Maternity Allowance is £204.19 a week, paid directly into your bank account.
How to claim Maternity Allowance
Your doctor or midwife will give you an application form, no earlier than 13 weeks before your baby is due.
To claim the allowance, you must have paid contributions at some point 12 to 15 months before your baby is due.
Calculate if you're entitled to Maternity Allowance
Restrictions on claiming Maternity Allowance
Maternity Allowance won't be paid:
- until you have given up work to have your baby, but you can attend work occasionally for a ‘keeping in touch’ day
- if you've left Jersey permanently for another country (you should contact Social Security as we have agreements with some countries that allows some benefits to be paid)
- while you're in prison
You won't receive payment for Maternity Allowance if you're already getting the following benefits at an equal or higher rate:
- Short or Long Term Incapacity Allowance (STIA / LTIA)
- Incapacity Pension
- Invalidity, Disablement or Survivor’s benefit
Working and claiming Maternity Allowance: ‘keeping in touch’ days
'Keeping in touch' days allow women to stay in touch with their work place when they're off work to have a baby.
You can have a maximum of 10 ‘keeping in touch’ days during your Maternity Allowance claim, but you shouldn't take a 'keeping in touch' day in the first two weeks after child birth.
If you work for more than 10 days, you won't be entitled to maternity benefit and you must inform us.
What counts as a 'keeping in touch' day
A ‘keeping in touch’ day will be counted each time you attend work, even if you are in work for less than one day or less than your normal shift. A half day training course or a one-hour meeting would count as a keeping in touch day.
Babies born early
If your baby comes early and you've already given up work and started your maternity leave, your benefit won't be affected.
However, you should let us know as soon as possible if your pregnancy ends more than 11 weeks before your due date.
You won’t be able to claim Maternity Allowance if your pregnancy lasts less than 24 weeks, unless a living child is born.
Babies born after their due dates
If your baby is born a week or more after your due date, you may be able to get your Maternity Allowance extended.
You should have received a letter from us confirming your entitlement to the allowance. If your baby is born late, you should complete the declaration on the back of the letter and return it to us.
Giving birth in another country
If you give birth in another country and Jersey has a health agreement with that country which includes maternity benefits, we may be able to pay Maternity Allowance.
You should speak to one of our advisors in the Health Zone if you’re planning on having a baby outside of Jersey.
Having twins or more and claiming Maternity Allowance
There is no increase in the Maternity Allowance if you have more than one baby.
Maintaining your contribution record while claiming the allowance
If you qualify for Maternity Allowance, we will credit your contribution record for the period of your claim. Contribution credits protect your record as though contributions had been paid and help future entitlement to benefit.
If you don't return to work straight after your maternity leave, you can apply for Home Responsibility Protection (HRP). This gives contribution credits to people who stay at home to care for their child and protects their old age pension entitlement only. HRP does not protect you for any other benefits, including future Maternity Allowance.
Payment of contributions
Caring for a child at home: Home Responsibility Protection
Claiming a higher allowance for your husband or partner
You can claim an increase in your Maternity Allowance if your husband or partner is claiming Home Responsibility Protection and is living with you.
If you get Maternity Allowance at a lower rate because you don’t fully meet the contribution conditions, any increase for a husband or partner will also be lower.