Voluntary Redundancy and Maternity Allowance - advice needed in Employment and minimum wage problems Posted September 9, 2010 You will be entitled to maternity allowance as you will have been employed during the test period. The rate is the same as SMP (£124.88 a week) and you will not have to pay tax or national insurance. You will be able to claim for 39 weeks and it will not be affected by any redundancy payments or your husbands wages. You will also be able to claim child benefit and maybe some more tax credits (when government makes its mind up what the threshold will be). More info here: http://www.dwp.gov.uk/publications/specialist-guides/technical-guidance/ni17a-a-guide-to-maternity/maternity-allowance-ma/ I was made redundant when I had just returned from maternity leave and I was already 10 weeks pregnant again - my claim for maternity allowance has just come through and you can claim from 26 weeks pregnant.