I was on maternity leave from Dec '07 to Dec '08 2. So my question is, does anyone know if due to me not being fit to work and having it certificated would still enable me to be eligible for the minimum 26 weeks of NI contributions to enable me to claim MA? Part 4 About your employed earnings . Aimee B(130) Posted on 26-10-2015 at 2.51PM ... An 80 minute phone call to HMRC - told to write requesting a national insurance bill, pay bill, claim maternity allowance based on self employment, told this can take around 6 weeks to get a bill. We need you to choose 13 weeks worth of payslips from within your Test Period that you worked out in section b of Part 3, so we can work out how much Maternity Allowance you can get. It’s tax-free and paid every two or four weeks. I have come across this information on another forum. Just unsure wether or not they will accept payslips which are from weeks when I received holiday pay/ basic pay and holiday pay. I think Jesse's comment is useful if anyone has been self-employed, but I am not clear that this applies to your situation. To get MA your earnings, on average, must be at least equal to the Maternity Allowance Threshold (MAT) which applies at the beginning of your test period. Then you can work out what you were doing at that time. The cut off for tax credits with one child is around £26k, that is without childcare costs. Thank you for your advice re the family liason etc. We can check your benefit entitlement and make sure you are getting all that you are entitled to. Hello! It will help a lot if you can try to contact some of them and get together a bit while he is away. The Direct Gov site says, The Direct Gov site says, "You may be eligible if you've been employed and/or self-employed for at least 26 weeks in your 'test period' (66 weeks up to and including the week before the week your baby is due). A got a letter saying i wasnt entitled too the maternity grant  because i wasnt reciveing the income suport just was recieving job seekers and too ring back when a was getting income surport so a rang back today and he said they would take another look at my claim just wondered if anyone has had this problem and how long it took for a responce? Write down these dates in Part C2 of the Maternity Allowance claim form. Get your books up to date. Thank you for your PM alerting me to your thread. They rang me with a question about my application - really sensible and helpful, and really quick to get sorted. Mines an interesting one as I was still employed for 2 months at the start of my test period (but on mat leave from baby number 1) and registered as self employed the following month. The Direct Gov site says, "You may be eligible if you've been employed and/or self-employed for at least 26 weeks in your 'test period' (66 weeks up to and including the week before the week your baby is due). Find the week that includes your expected date of 2. Maternity Allowance HELP Test Period? A got a letter saying i wasnt entitled too the maternity grant because i wasnt reciveing the income suport just was recieving job seekers and too ring back when a was getting income surport so a rang back today and he said they would take another look at my claim just wondered if anyone has had this problem and how long it took for a responce? Also you need to have been paying class 2 NIC for 13 weeks withut having a Small exemption certificate in place to get the standard rate. Payments can start 11 weeks before your baby is due. I got my letter back today and it says I'm not entitled as I haven't worked 26 weeks out of 66 in my test period! 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