A self employed client is due to give birth later this year. In relation to her Maternity Allowance (MA) claim I seem to recall previous posts about the problem which has arisen since Class 2 started to be paid in arrears on 31 January following the particular tax year. This often means that class 2 will not have been paid in at least 13 of the 66 weeks before the due date as the rules for MA require. Apparently - as a sort of workaround - Job Centre Plus contact HMRC who then advise the client how to pay their Class 2 early in order to qualify. HMRC then notify Job Centre Plus when the payment has been received and the MA claim then proceeds. I am wondering whether:
1. This rather long winded argy-bargy is still required, and if so
2. Does the procedure work in practice and how long does it take ?