How much Statutory Adoption Pay will I receive?

Under the statutory scheme, if you are eligible, you will receive a maximum of 39 weeks of statutory adoption pay, made up of: 

  • for the first six weeks, 90% of normal earnings; 

  • for the remaining 33 weeks, SAP at a flat rate of £151.20 per week (from April 2020), or 90% of your normal earnings if that would work out less; and 

  • for the remaining 13 weeks – unpaid. 

The amount of statutory payments such as SAP is reviewed each year in April. 

If you are paid weekly, your SAP will be paid to you weekly. If you are usually paid monthly, your SAP will be paid monthly. 

Better pay than these minimum statutory amounts may have been negotiated in your workplace, especially if a trade union is recognised. Check your staff handbook or contract terms. 

Note: This content is provided as general background information and should not be taken as legal advice or financial advice for your particular situation. Make sure to get individual advice on your case from your union, a source on our free help page or an independent financial advisor before taking any action.

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