i've also posted this on 3rd tri I know when you're working you can claim maternity benefit or maternity allowance but does anybody know what happens if you're not working?? From what i'd read on the internet if you were unable to claim MB or MA you could get either Income support or incapacity benefit. Because i haven't worked in the past 2 1/2 years i was told i could claim incapacity benefit for 8 weeks but she sent me the MA form, well that went in the bin as it was no good, i hadn't earnt anything in the qualifying period so thought what was the point in sending it. I rang again tonight and she said i can't claim income support as dh works full time and i can't claim incapacity benefit as i am not incapable of work or signed off by the doctor so there is nothing i can claim Does anybosy know any different??