What is the best helpline number for Maternity Allowance?
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Why Contact Maternity Allowance Helpline?
- To find out more about Maternity Allowance Eligibility
- To make a query about applying for Maternity Allowance
- To report a problem with Maternity Allowance payments
- To request a change to Maternity Allowance payments, such as the frequency of the payments or the bank account that payments are made to
- To make a query about how Maternity Allowance will affect other government-issued benefits
- To report any changes to circumstances that may affect Maternity Allowance eligibility or receipt
- To report that a Maternity Allowance Application Result has not been received in time
- To make a query about appealing a Maternity Allowance Application Rejection
Please note: Maternity Allowance applicants will need to apply in advance of their due date as the allowance can be paid a number of weeks before giving birth. Make sure to contact the Maternity Allowance number to speak with the team as soon as possible.
When contacting the Maternity Allowance contact number, you may need details of your current or previous employment to hand, as well as you National Insurance Number – this includes self-employed workers.
In some cases, you may also be required to share details of your due date, also known as your ‘EWC’ or ‘Expected Week of Childbirth’.
If you live and work in the UK on a visa, you could be required to share details of your visa.
About Maternity Allowance
Maternity Allowance is a government-funded financial benefit arranged by the Department for Work and Pensions, one of the 25 ministerial departments of the UK government. Those in receipt of Maternity Allowance receive regular payments while they are out of work due to pregnancy.
Maternity Allowance payments are usually made via Jobcentre Plus, an administrative body that receives financial support for the UK government.
The Department for Work and Pensions was formed in 2001 and is currently the largest public service department in the UK government. The department was created when the Employment Service and the Department of Social Security merged, along with some parts of the Department for Education and Employment.
Currently, the department is responsible for a number of welfare policies, including a number of initiatives to support expectant mothers.
Maternity Allowance is one of two maternity benefits available from the government through the Social Security Scheme. The second maternity benefit available is Statutory Maternity Pay – women who are not eligible for Statutory Maternity Pay are usually assessed for their eligibility for Maternity Allowance instead.
The allowance was brought about in April 2014 in order to support women who were not formally employed or self-employed but who did work for their self-employed civil partner or spouse.
Currently, the allowance supports women in a variety of situations who may not be eligible for other kinds of government-funded maternity benefits.
For example, Maternity Allowance is now available to many women who are self-employed or who have recently been employed/self-employed.