I'm really confused how I go about this all.. I lost my job in September (coincedently found out I was pregnant 2 weeks later..) After a long battle with the job centre they finally accepted my claim for income based jobseekers which I have been on since Nov. Although I am trying to find a job I haven't had much luck and can't see any employer wanting to employ someone who will be going on Maternity Leave in 2 months. (March). The jobcenter know I am pregnant and told me to apply for Statuary Maternity Allowance 11 weeks before my due date (March 14th tha will be). But I read up on it and it said if you are out of work for more than a certain amount of weeks (can't remember excactly) I'm not entitled and will have to apply for income support. Is this right? And also do I need to hand in my Mat B 1 Form into anyone at the job center or send off when applying for whatever benefit I am meant to be getting? I tried asking at the jobcenter but they are all idiots with the same answer. "You can't do anything till 11 weeks before." I know they are all looking down on me! Arghhh!! Sorry for the rant, I just need some advice how to go about this all.