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Welfare Reform and Pensions Act 1999

Maternity Allowance

Weekly benefit paid by the Benefits Agency to mothers-to-be who do not qualify for Statutory Maternity Pay, or who are self-employed. Section 53 extends entitlement to women earning below the Lower Earnings Limit but at least £30 a week.

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