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Govt Launches Advert To Boost Take-Up Of Shared Parental Leave

Feb 16, 2018

Businesses looking for offices to rent in Warrington may see more of their male staff taking Shared Parental Leave following the launch of a new advertising initiative led by the government.

Earlier this week, a new £1.5 million campaign was introduced to boost the take-up of this scheme to enable more dads to spend time with their babies and help mums who want to get back to work.

Business minister Andrew Griffiths said: “Employers can reap the benefits too. We know that flexibility in work is proven to create happier, more loyal and more productive workforces.”

Victoria Atkins, minister for women, added that Shared Parental Leave benefits employers, children, mothers and fathers.

“Providing parents with choice and flexibility in how they balance childcare responsibilities is a key step towards achieving equality in the workplace,” she stated.

Despite the initiative having been introduced in 2015, only two per cent of the 285,000 couples that could qualify take advantage of the scheme. 

It works by allowing parents to share the 50 weeks of parental leave between them, receiving statutory pay of £140.98 a week for 37 weeks of this. Mums and dads can split childcare over the term, or take time off together for up to six months.

This comes days after the government pledged to boost employment rights for flexible workers to make sure they receive holiday and sick pay from day one, a stable contract for financial security, and wage slips for all staff members, while making employers accountable for their actions.


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