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Statutory adoption pay

What is statutory adoption pay?

The statutory rate of pay for employees on adoption leave. It is subject to the employee's average earnings meeting the lower earnings limit.

How much statutory adoption pay can an individual get?

An employee's entitlement to statutory adoption pay depends on the expected adoption placement date. If the employee's average weekly earnings are equal to or more than the lower earnings limit (currently £118), they will be entitled to the following:

Eligibility requirements From 7 April 2019
Employee has been continuously employed for at least 26 weeks ending with the week in which they are notified of having been matched with the child. The employee is entitled to 39 weeks' statutory adoption pay. The first six weeks is payable at 90% of the employee's average weekly earnings and the next 33 weeks of payment at £148.68 (or 90% of their average weekly earnings if this figure is less than the statutory rate).

Future developments


Social Security Benefits Up-rating Order 2019

Benefit and pension rates 2019 to 2020