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When can my Statutory Paternity Pay for adoption start?

Your Statutory Paternity Pay can begin on:

  • the date the child is placed with you, or, if you are at work on that day, the following day; or
  • a pre-determined date which you specify to your employer, and which falls later than the date on which your placement is expected to take place.

You can choose to receive SPP for either one week or two, up to a maximum of two weeks. You will be paid either a flat rate (£138.18 per week from 6 April 2014) or 90% of your average weekly earnings if this is less. Your average weekly earnings are calculated using your gross pay, which includes pay that forms part of your NI contributions.