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maternity benefit

(in the British National Insurance scheme) a payment (maternity allowance) made to a pregnant woman who usually works but does not qualify for statutory maternity pay, normally from 11 weeks before confinement for a period of 18 weeks; there is also a flat-rate benefit (maternity grant) for those on low incomes
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  • maternity benefit is anticipated in a donation of twenty shillings to every poor mother at the birth of a child.

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