I'm planning on applying as soon as it allows - week 26 to be paid from week 29 so was just wondering whether they tend to have a backlog or some reason for delaying payments I would need to be aware of? Is it reasonable to expect the payment from week 29 or will I have to wait a few weeks? Also this question on the form - What date did you start your maternity leave? Tell us the date of the first day of your maternity leave, not the last day you worked. Technically I didn't leave to have my baby or leave to start maternity leave, I was told I was no longer employed because I was pregnant so is this the day after the last day I worked?