Dad dot info
DAD.info form. Ask questions, get answers
DAD.info | Opinion | Latest News | Labour promise paternity leave boost

Labour promise paternity leave boost

It’s currently two weeks that fathers are given by their employer for paternity leave but Labour says that could change.

 

It is planning a significant boost to paternity leave if it wins the general election in May.

The move would mean that fathers have double the leave they are currently entitled to, allowing them the opportunity to take up to four weeks off to spend time with their newborn.

Leader Ed Miliband has also pledged to increase statutory paternity pay by more than £120 a week to £260 a week.

He said: “The Tories want to spend £700 million on what they call a married couple’s allowance but which in fact will go to just one in five families with children.

“Instead, at the heart of Labour’s plan is the belief that Britain succeeds when modern working families succeed.

“That means giving dads, as well as mums, the chance to spend more time at home in those crucial weeks after babies have been born.”

Labour claims the reforms, during what it is calling the “father’s month”, will benefit up to 400,000 families a year.

Research from the IPPR think tank, cited by Labour, suggests offering four weeks paid paternity leave will cost £150m a year, assuming take-up rises from 55 per cent to 70 per cent.

Under the current Government new mothers expecting a baby on or after 5 April 2015 are allowed to share up to 50 weeks of maternity leave and 37 weeks of pay with their partners.

It gives flexibility to couples and could see the father opt to take the entire 50 weeks of shared parental leave or to just take an extra three or four weeks at home just after baby is born.

Parenting is a shared endeavour and many fathers understandably want to spend more time at home when they are adapting to the demands of a new baby.

The shared parental leave campaign is being backed by Northampton Saints rugby player Ben Foden who is calling on other fathers to take more time off to ensure their wives’ earning potential isn’t hit by having a child.

Related entries

Should Stella Creasy, MP take her baby into parliament?

Should Stella Creasy, MP take her baby into parliament?

Returning to work after children is tough for everyone, whether you are on shared parental leave or returning after a brief paternity break. It can often make life choices for you, whether you decide to return part-time, go freelance or start paying heavy childcare...

Warning: UK Parents toying with their children’s safety

Warning: UK Parents toying with their children’s safety

Parents have been warned that children in the UK are at risk of death or serious injury from the sale of unsafe toys through various online marketplaces. Health and safety experts from CE Safety say parents should ensure they are not buying cheap, unsafe or fake toys...

Warning: UK Parents toying with their children’s safety

Rule of Six

New Coronavirus rules mean when seeing friends or family you don’t live with you should meet up in groups of six or less. For now, that means it is illegal for my whole family to meet another family inside or outside. In some ways we are lucky, we are only a family of...

Latest entries

How to have a ‘good divorce’

How to have a ‘good divorce’

This week marks Good Divorce Week and Dad Info is gathering tips and information from those in the know about how to have an amicable, less painful divorce experience. In England & Wales, 42% of marriages end in divorce; that means there’s only a 1 in 2 chance...

How divorcing couples can save thousands this Christmas

How divorcing couples can save thousands this Christmas

Every day at Dad.info we talk with parents who are struggling through costly court hearings. We strongly believe that mediation is a route that can take the conflict out of separation. Hands up who would like £500 towards mediation sessions? Too Late for Court...

5 simple ways to boost your health today

5 simple ways to boost your health today

Living through the last couple of years has been rough on not only our bodies but also our brains. It was also recently reported that life expectancy in some parts of England has fallen- even before Covid. However, there is good news. Up to 80% of chronic disease is...

Pin It on Pinterest