So, this is me having a wee bit of a rant/ worry, please bare with me.
I started working for my employer on the 27th October last year... So still fresh in the job. I printed off the maternity policy yesterday to give it a good read through and I about had a panic attack at how little us new mummies actually get.
Granted I understand that companies have to protect themselves against people that decide to begin working for them, receive the maternity benefits and then bugger off, but for us people that struggled to actually conceive in the first place, and baby is a god send and you can't determine as to when you will become pregnant.... Arghhhh.
The company I work for will pay me statutory maternity pay... Lovely. Thank you very much. But that only equates to £139.18 BEFORE tax and national insurance and my pension goes out of it.... Meaning therefore... I would end up with only around £100 a week. Which would be £600 less than what I actually earn monthly now.
They do offer an enhanced maternity pay but you must have been with the company a year when you hit -15. Now I'm due on around the 27th November (if my calculations are correct.). Which means... I will not be eligible for the enhanced pay.
I just don't understand how you are expected to live.
I know one of the answers is to save... But when you own your own house (which keeps falling down around your ears) and you pay for everything yourselves and receive no hands out from the government or anything, you can't really afford to save, because you spend so much on attempting to live. We currently have no luxuries, the only thing which we have, which is not a necessity is our doggy woof. And she keeps me sane when I'm home alone.
I just don't know what to do girls (and boys)
P.s. I did warn you. Rant over now. Thanks in advance.