I'm in employment (25hrs a week) and just waiting for my Maternity Allowance claim to be processed as my ML has now began. OH was made redundant just before Christmas and put in a claim to the Job centre straight away, waited ages for a payment but got nothing, so he rang them after 3 weeks to be told he wasn't entitled to anything whatsoever and that my maternity payments are meant to cover him too! This has left us both absolutely fuming obviously as it's only £128 a week (which I haven't even started getting yet!). Thing I want to know is, does anyone know if we'll be entitled to Healthy Start even though we aren't claiming any benefits at all? MW gave us the form to fill out for it, but it seems to focus on what benefits you get and that determines if you are entitled, but because OH can't claim anything, we probably look like we aren't entitled to anything on paper. Any ideas? And another thing, when can you start your claim for Child Benefit? Do you have to wait until LO is born? I know payment doesn't begin til baby is here, but can you process it beforehand?