Paternity leave - what do you think?

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edited 9 June 2015 at 12:03PM in MoneySaving dads
Today Labour has said that if they win the next election, their government would double paternity leave from two weeks to four. They also said they'd increase paternity pay to £260 a week.

What do you think of this move from Labour? Do you think it is well overdue for dads? Or are you happy to let your partner take the time off instead?

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Update: Speaking of paternity leave...Virgin announced that they now offer a WHOLE YEAR paternity paid in full! What do you think, dads? Are you happy to let your partners take the time off to care for your little one, or would you welcome more time off with them?

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  • I'd be interested to know what percentage of dads get 2 weeks at full pay already anyway. Would think it's a significant minority. Anyway, as it's to be paid for via tax credit savings, it would seem to be a bribe for the middle classes.
  • Alter_ego
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    Another good reason to vote Conservative.
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  • Load of rubbish. Make it 4 months instead of 4 weeks!

    4 weeks is rubbish!

    Don't trust them to keep any promises anyway. None of them ever do!
  • My Oh owns his business so to take 4 weeks off would mean upsetting a lot of his customers and potentially loosing them.

    Personally, I think a lot of Dads are quite pleased to get back to work after 2 weeks to get a break!!!!

    I defiantly support the pay increase though, as someone about to start their maternity leave and having to save up a lot of money before we could even consider trying for even 1 baby.

    But as said above, not many people I know got full pay.
  • I know a couple who did, but not the majority. Always going to be tough for the self-employed of course.
  • Gigglepig
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    I think they should increase the minimum maternity pay to £260 pr week as well.
  • Percy1983
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    Don't the rules change in April to which you could switch to shared parental leave.

    From there if the women signs to say she will only take 50 weeks maternity the partner can then take the remaining 2 weeks at any time during that 50 weeks, ie could have have the standard 2 weeks and then 2 weeks shared parental leave and have a 4 weeks off together.

    So in short it will be possible to take the 4 weeks paternity (as such) very soon if you want to.
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  • Percy1983 wrote: »
    Don't the rules change in April to which you could switch to shared parental leave.

    From there if the women signs to say she will only take 50 weeks maternity the partner can then take the remaining 2 weeks at any time during that 50 weeks, ie could have have the standard 2 weeks and then 2 weeks shared parental leave and have a 4 weeks off together.

    So in short it will be possible to take the 4 weeks paternity (as such) very soon if you want to.

    That's incorrect- only once the mother ends their maternity leave can the father pick this up, and it is not an option that early after the birth.

    as a new parent to a 6 week old,I can see how 4 weeks paternity leave would be very useful to families still in and out of hospital, having feeding difficulties, sleep issues or finding their feet in other ways.
  • Percy1983
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    edited 20 February 2015 at 10:51AM
    Timeflies wrote: »
    That's incorrect- only once the mother ends their maternity leave can the father pick this up, and it is not an option that early after the birth.

    as a new parent to a 6 week old,I can see how 4 weeks paternity leave would be very useful to families still in and out of hospital, having feeding difficulties, sleep issues or finding their feet in other ways.

    Rules change in April...

    In short if the mother sign to say she will finish maternity early the father can take the rest of the time, but this can be brought forward so they are off together, ie in a rough guide both parents could have 6 months off together.

    In theory the mother can have 2 weeks off after giving birth and the father can take the rest of the time.

    https://www.gov.uk/shared-parental-leave-and-pay/starting-shared-parental-leave
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  • Cyberman60
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    More anti-business rhetoric and bribery from Labour. Clueless !! :rotfl:
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