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Dear [name of employer/manager]
Ref: Request for maternity leave
National Insurance No: [add number]
I am writing to let you know that I’m pregnant and to notify you of when I want to start my maternity leave and begin receiving statutory maternity pay (SMP).
My baby is due in the week beginning [insert date] and my MATB1 certificate, which confirms this, is enclosed.
I understand that I qualify for 52 weeks' maternity leave, made up of 26 weeks ordinary maternity leave and a further 26 weeks additional maternity leave.
I would like to start my maternity leave and pay on [insert date]. I understand that if I wish to change this date I have to give you at least 28 days’ notice.
I believe I qualify for SMP - please can you confirm this, and what amount I will receive.
If my leave starts on my intended date, my [ordinary/additional] maternity leave will finish on [insert date]. I am therefore due back to work on [insert date].
Please could you confirm the date I am due back at work.
I hope this is all satisfactory and I look forward to hearing from you with confirmation of the above.
[Your name here]