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To: Amber Rudd
Make maternity pay fair for those with multiple jobs
Amend the current system to allow parents to take full income from both employment and self employment into account when calculating maternity allowance.
Why is this important?
Currently, if you are eligible for statutory maternity pay through an employer, you are not eligible for maternity allowance- even if your income from your employer is a small fraction of your total earned income.
This means that many new mothers are missing out on thousands of pounds in maternity pay because the system does not provide an option to take your full income into account.
For those on a low income already, this is the difference between eating and not eating, at a time when the health and wellbeing of new mothers and and babies are hugely vulnerable.
I am shortly to have a baby and was saddened to discover that because I work 2 days a week for an employer and qualify for statutory maternity pay at 90% of my income (a total of £103/week) from that job, I will loose out on an extra £42/ week because my total income is split over both employment and self employment. That is £168/ month just for working two jobs. This seems wildly unfair, but I can imagine that my circumstances are the tip of the iceberg. There will be people out there who only work fewer hours on lower pay, in the same trap but losing more of their entitlement because the system doesn't recognise their situation.