Ask your MP to sign Early Day Motion 421 on the inequitable treatment of Maternity Allowance in the calculation of Universal Credit awards
A cross-party group of MPs has tabled an Early Day Motion in support of the work of Maternity Action and others on the unfair treatment of Maternity Allowance in the calculation of Universal Credit awards. This can leave low-income women on Maternity Allowance who claim Universal Credit up to £550 per month worse off - a differential of £5,000 over 39 weeks of maternity leave - compared to women in the same circumstances who qualify for Statutory Maternity Pay (SMP).
Maternity Action was campaigning on this issue long before the onset of the Covid19 pandemic, but the current lockdown and eventual transition out of the crisis is almost certain to increase the number of women who narrowly fail to qualify for SMP, and end up on Maternity Allowance. So, along with groups such as Gingerbread and the Women's Budget Group, we are calling on Ministers to amend the Universal Credit Regulations.
We want to draw the Early Day Motion to the attention of as many MPs as possible, and are asking you to email your local MP to urge them to demonstrate their support by adding their name to the Motion. Almost 90 MPs have already done so.
Enter your postcode below to find out whether your MP has signed the Early Day Motion, and you will then be able to write to them directly using our template email (you can also add your own text if you choose).
Thank you so much for your support.