2.2.10 Who is a Primary Claimant for PLP?
A primary claimant (1.1.P.250) is a person who may receive up to 18 weeks of PLP and whose unused PLP, if any, may be received by an eligible secondary claimant. The primary claimant's claim generally is the first claim for PLP for a particular child. In most cases, the claimant will be the child's birth mother, or the adoptive parent who is the initial primary carer of the adopted child.
The recipient of PLP, whether a primary, secondary or tertiary claimant, generally must be the primary carer of the child for the time PLP is payable to them.
Primary claimant transfer of PLP to an eligible secondary claimant
If a determination is made that PLP is payable to a primary claimant for their PPL period (1.1.P.200) and care arrangements for the child change, e.g. where the birth mother ceases to be the primary carer of the child because she returns to work before having received all of her 18 weeks PLP, she may be able to transfer the unused part of her maximum PPL period (1.1.M.20) and PLP to the child's new primary carer (usually her partner, or the child's other legal parent or their partner) if they meet certain eligibility requirements and lodge a claim for the unused PLP.