Maternity Allowance - help needed!
Has anyone had to claim Maternity Allowance from the government instead of get SMP?
I started my job at 13 weeks pregnant so I don't think I can get SMP, although I can't ask my employer formally until I get my MATB, which isn't until my midwife appointment next Thursday - and I legally need to request SMP from my employer and advise them of my maternity leave plans by next Friday. ! If they won't pay it (which I doubt they will) I need to claim Maternity Allowance, and this is where I'm getting stuck.
I'm really confused as to exactly when I should claim it. I have read the notes online over and over again and I can't work out if I'm supposed to claim it now (there's a note about making sure you do it within a certain time period or they delay it??), or when I go on maternity leave - which will be at Christmas, so I doubt my form will get processed all that quickly! I also don't want to start getting paid too early, by applying too early, as I want to get paid for as long as possible after baby arrives. I know I could ring the helpline but I can't be @rsed to be stuck on hold all day so just wondered if anyone on here could help me out? :-)