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Maternity Pay

Volume 451: debated on Tuesday 7 November 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions what the level of statutory maternity pay was in each of the last 30 years at today's prices. (93471)

Statutory maternity pay was introduced in 1987. Since its inception, the first six weeks have been payable at 90 per cent. of the women's average weekly earnings, with no upper limit. Between 1987 and 5 April 2003 this was followed by a flat rate for the remainder of her maternity pay period. From 6 April 2003, the remainder of the maternity pay period is paid at the lesser of the flat rate or 90 per cent. of her average weekly earnings. The standard rates, together with the equivalent at 2005-06 prices, are in the table.

Rates of statutory maternity pay (SMP since 1987 and equivalent in 2005-06 prices)

£

Standard SMP rate

Rate at 2005-06 prices

1987

32.85

61.30

1988

34.25

59.75

1989

36.25

59.02

1990

39.25

59.25

1991

44.50

63.30

1992

46.30

63.81

1993

47.95

64.40

1994 (part)1

48.80

64.57

1994 (part)1

52.50

69.47

1995

52.50

67.42

1996

54.55

67.77

1997

55.70

67.24

1998

57.70

67.93

1999

59.55

68.72

2000

60.20

68.50

2001

62.20

69.14

2002

75.00

80.86

2003

100.00

104.71

2004

102.80

104.75

2005

106.00

106.00

2006

108.85

108.85

1 SMP rate increased for women with an expected week of confinement of 16 October 1994 or later.