Can I get another social welfare payment as well as my Maternity Benefit?

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Reduced rates

You may get half-rate Maternity Benefit if you are getting any of the following payments:

  • One-Parent Family Payment
  • Widow's, Widower’s or Surviving Civil Partner Contributory Pension
  • Widow's, Widower’s or Surviving Civil Partner Non-Contributory Pension
  • Deserted Wife's Benefit
  • Prisoner's Wife's Allowance
  • Deserted Wife’s Allowance
  • Death Benefit by way of Widow’s, Widower’s, Surviving Civil Partner’s or Dependent Parent(s) Pension (under the Occupational Injuries Scheme).

Half-rate Carer’s Allowance

If you are providing full-time care to another person, you may also qualify for a half-rate Carer’s Allowance along with a standard rate Maternity Benefit. For more information, log on to

Last modified:02/09/2016

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