What is it?
Maternity Payments can be paid when you:
- are expecting a baby within the next 11 weeks
- have had a baby within the last 3 months
- have adopted a child within the last 3 months who is not more than 12 months old at the time of claim
Basic qualifying conditions
A Maternity Payment is paid if:
- you receive Income Support, Income Based Jobseeker's Allowance, or Employed Person's Allowance, and
- your pregnancy lasts to the 25th week, even if a stillbirth occurs, and
- you are aged over 16
You will not be entitled to a Maternity Payment if your savings are over £6000.
How much could I get and how am I paid?
See Benefits Rates for further details regarding how much an eligible individual can receive.
Payments are made by cheque which you can cash at a Post Office or pay into a bank or building society account.
When should I apply?
The claim form SF100(IOM) can be requested from and returned to:
Social Security Division
+44 1624 685094 (under pension age) +44 1624 687020 (over pension age)
Evidence of the expected or actual date of birth, or adoption will be required.
The claim should be made between the 11th week before the expected week of childbirth and can be made up to 3 months after childbirth. If you are adopting a child you should claim within 3 months of the date of the adoption order.