Fathers to get same 'maternity' pay as mums in the civil service

October 20, 2014 2:05 PM
Originally published by UK Liberal Democrats

Deputy Prime Minister and Leader of the Liberal Democrats Nick Clegg will make a major speech this week thanking public sector workers for all their hard work during tough economic times.

During his speech, Nick will set out Government measures which will provide modern and engaging work places, and make it easier for public sector workers to balance their home and work lives.

Last year, the Liberal Democrats announced shared parental leave, which will take effect in April next year.

Father and Baby

Nick Clegg will now announce that dads in the civil service who choose to share parental leave with their partner will get the same entitlements to full paternity pay just like mums currently get to full maternity pay.

Nick wants to see these changes pave the way for other public and private sector organisations to follow this approach, which you can have your say on here.

Currently, fathers have few opportunities to get involved when their child is first born, with only a statutory entitlement to a maximum two weeks of leave.

Nick Clegg pushed for the introduction of shared parental leave in the firm belief that it is time to sweep away outdated regulations and prejudices which will limit the choices of too many people in the UK.

Fathers will now have the choice to spend more time with their newborn child, and families will have the flexibility to decide who will take time off work to provide care.