Maternity Allowance is a United Kingdom state benefit for women who are working but not entitled to Statutory Maternity Pay. Entitlement starts at the 11th week before the baby is due. The amount paid as maternity allowance is £140.98 a week or 90% of average weekly earnings (whichever is lower). It’s paid for up to 39 weeks and is not taxable or means-tested.
Contacting Maternity Allowance by Phone
The Maternity Allowance customer service phone number is 0345 608 8610. You can also get information from Jobcentre Plus on Freephone 0800 055 6688. If you have a hearing impediment and wish to use Textphone, dial 0800 023 4888. An alternative Maternity Allowance contact number is 0844 248 2557. All these lines are open from Monday to Friday between 8am and 6pm.
Calling an 0345 number costs exactly the same as calling a friend or neighbour on their home phone.
Phone tariffs that come with inclusive minutes or ‘free’ calls to landlines include calls to 0345 numbers in exactly the same way as for normal landline numbers starting 01 or 02. If you don’t have any “free minutes” with your landline package typically you will be charged up to 10p per minute. This can vary significantly depending on what day and time you are making the call. If you call from a mobile and you don’t have any ‘free minutes’ left, typically the cost of calling a 0345 number will be between 10p and 40p per minute.
The prefix 0800 is for numbers that are generally completely free to call either from landline phones or from mobiles; they have no service charge or access charge and don’t use up your phone plan’s “free minutes” allowance.
Calls to 0844 numbers are typically charged at higher rates than calls to normal landlines due to the inclusion of a surcharge or ‘service charge’ to pay for the service being provided.
Contacting Maternity Allowance via the Internet
The address for the official website about Maternity Allowance is website. There is no official email address for Maternity Allowance.
Maternity Allowance on Social Media
Maternity Allowance is a state benefit and therefore it does not tend to produce pages in social media. There is no Facebook page for Maternity Allowance. The closest thing to a Maternity Allowance account on Twitter is the Maternity Action page, which has 5,800 followers. Maternity Action (@MaternityAction) provides information, advice and training on maternity rights in employment, benefits and access to healthcare, and influences policy makers.
Maternity Allowance Now has a Google+ page, but this has only one follower and no content. Maternity Allowance Now has also published a video on YouTube: “An introduction to claiming Maternity Allowance” (2014). Unsurprisingly, there are no Maternity Allowance pages for LinkedIn, Pinterest, Instagram or Flickr.
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