Work Allowance and SMP/MA

I feel quite silly for not knowing the answer to this, but can a single parent on maternity leave who is iro either SMP or MA get a work allowance? I know SMP is classed as earned income with a 63% taper rate and MA is classed as unearned income and deducted (unfairly) £1 for £1 – but I haven’t really thought about whether a work allowance still applies (assuming they are still employed).

It also makes me wonder whether you also get a work allowance for periods on SSP and other statutory payments.

Sorry if the answer to this is really obvious.

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