Statutory Paternity Pay

Who is it for?
The father must have worked for the same employer for at least 26 weeks by the 15th week before the baby is due and earn an average of £95.00 (gross) or more a week; and still be employed in the 15th week before the baby is due.

Who pays it?
Employer. Disputes handled by HMRC.

Which leaflet? And how is it claimed?
SC3 from HMRC; need to give 4 weeks notice to employer

What are the age limits?
16 and over.

National Insurance based?

Means tested?

How long does it last?
2 weeks.

What is effect on other benefits?
Overlaps with certain NI benefits. Counts in full for all means tested benefits. First £123.06 of SPP ignored when calculating WTC/CTC.

Is it taxable?

Increases for dependants?

Payable if in EU or other?
Yes, if UK employer in EU.

Points to watch
SPP paid at a flat rate of £123.06 per week (or 90% of average weekly earnings if this is less) for two consecutive weeks. Can also be paid to partner in same sex couples for child born to or adopted by partner.  IS may be due as a ‘top-up’ or at end of SPP period.

You can view details of benefit amounts on the Community Care Inform website

The A-Z of Benefits 2009 was compiled by Gary Vaux and Community Care Inform


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