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Q. What is my entitled to Maternity Benefit?


Maternity Benefit is paid by the Department of Social Protection to women who have a certain number of paid PRSI contributions on their social insurance record and who are in insurable employment up to the first day of their maternity leave. The last day of work can be within 16 weeks of the end of the week your baby is due. The amount of Maternity Benefit is €235pw for claims beginning on or after March 2017. 


The PRSI contributions can be from employment or self-employment - PRSI classes that count for Maternity Benefit are A, E, H and S (self-employed).

If you are employed you must have:

At least 39 weeks PRSI paid in the 12-month period before the first day of your maternity leave

 

OR

At least 39 weeks PRSI paid since first starting work and at least 39 weeks PRSI paid or credited in the relevant tax year or in the tax year immediately following the relevant tax year. For example, if you are going on maternity leave in 2010, the relevant tax year is 2008 and the year following that is 2009.

OR

At least 26 weeks PRSI paid in the relevant tax year and at least 26 weeks PRSI paid in the tax year immediately before the relevant tax year. For example, if you are going on maternity leave in 2010, the relevant tax year is 2008 and the year before that is 2007.

To claim maternity benefit, you must have the claim form for benefit completed correctly and returned to the Department of Social Protection 6 weeks before maternity leave starts.

For further information regarding maternity benefit please contact:

Maternity Benefit Section
Department of Social Protection
Inner Relief Road
Ardarvan
Buncrana
Co Donegal
Tel: 074 916 4491
Locall: 1890 690 690
Website: www.welfare.ie

 
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