I applied for MA 3 weeks ago, left it a bit late! I asked for it to start on 6th February which is my due date. I've had my supporting documents returned but I just wondered how long it takes to hear from them if they are able to pay out? I've been self employed and employed over the past year or so, filling the form out was hard work! Does anyone know their turn around time? I hate ringing unless I know I have the right to chase a decision so I'd rather know if they have a 4-6 weeks turnaround time for example.
Also, did they write to you to confirm the payments or just start paying?
I don't remember but I also don't remember it taking long at all. I would ring. Always ring, I've never found HMRC to be unhelpful. Helplines are there for this sort of thing and you are not doing anything wrong but just asking.
I sent my form off in December and they just got back to me so it took about 4 weeks...they basically confirmed what my payments would be and sent me another (!) form to fill out when I have finished working to confirm the start date. Hope that helps!
Just had mine back too, took about 4-6 weeks I think! Even then because I'm self employed they've awarded me the lowest payment and said NIC will be in touch to pay this year's contributions before they reassess. Same for my other self employed pregnant friend