Due to not being in my current job long enough, I'm not entitled to statutory maternity pay, therefore have to claim maternity allowance. To do this I need to get an smp1 form from my work, which I think basically confirms they won't pay me stat mat pay, however they won't give me that form until I actually go on maternity leave which officially is day before I'm due, ( taking 3 weeks annual leave before that). This means I cant apply for maternity allowance til then, which seems a bit daft. I'll just have given birth yet need to go up and down to job centre to get this sorted out, and it'll prob take a while to process therefore don't know when money will come in, again unnecessary stress for me. Does anyone have any experience of maternity allowance?