Basically, I've been messed around quite a lot by my employer during my pregnancy and I only work part time so don't earn enough for SMP. I sent off my forms and matb1 certificate to apply for general maternity leave over 2 weeks ago but they still haven't received it. I'm worried if I keep waiting (I've asked for new copies of the forms to send off again, and asked if they can just send me the SMP1 form so I can apply for my maternity allowance in time, but I'm not holding my breath) that I'll end up working right until the end because of the 28 day notice period and won't get my claim for maternity allowance through in time. I've got no intentions of going back to the job after my maternity leave ends, so if I resign now and use my holidays to cover the notice period will it affect my claim for maternity allowance at all? Because I've been employed for basically all the weeks in my test period will it be easier to put the claim through as an unemployed person so that I don't have to wait for my employers to sort out all these forms and give me my leave? Or will the job centre want to know why I've resigned so close to the end of my pregnancy? Thanks for any help, sorry if that was too long!