I got a letter back today from the Jobcentre about my Maternity Allowance (I'm not entitled to SMP because I wasn't working for my employer for long enough- I was already two months pregnant when I started the job) so I applied for MA. They told me I couldn't get it because I hadn't been working for long enough during my test period. Now, when they told me to write down my test period, mine was 17/03/11 to 22/05/11 as I am due 27th May, of course i wouldn't be working then, as I am now on maternity leave, which I took at 29 weeks due to stress (long story short, as soon as my deputy manager was told I was pregnant, she took a sudden hate to me and made my life hell- I had told them when I was 13 weeks, so I was pretty amazed in my self that I managed to get to 29 weeks without a breakdown!) I don't know if I have gotten confused somewhere along the line. I gave them everything they asked for and had no problem with that, but I don't understand the test period. Now, I have little saved- paying the rent and sorting a few bills has left me with £900 in my bank. My hubby's income won't support the rent every month, let alone all the bills as well and we still have things for the baby to buy like a pram and a car seat. Is there any money I am entitled to or do I need to appeal about the MA?