image
29 Jun 2017 / Press Releases,
Self-employed fathers don’t receive a paternity allowance, whereas self-employed mothers are entitled to receive one

157k Dads ‘dip out’ on Paternity Pay


Trades Union Congress (TUC) has revealed more than 157,000 new dads dip out on paternity leave and pay. In  2016, of 625,000 working dads in the UK with a child aged under one, 25% did not qualify for statutory paternity leave and pay. Under current rules, eligible new fathers are permitted up to 2 weeks of paid paternity leave.

The analysis found that the main reason for this is many were self-employed fathers don’t receive a paternity allowance, whereas self-employed mothers are entitled to receive a maternity allowance.

The TUC is calling for the government to provide new fathers with

  • a right to statutory paternity leave from day one
  • increased paternity pay
  • dedicated leave and
  • a paternity allowance for fathers who are not eligible for statutory paternity pay

General Secretary of the TUC, commented:

Many fathers are missing out because they don’t qualify or they can’t afford to use their leave.

For help with your financial affairs or for more information please contact our team by email or ring 029 2082 9000.

Share
logo
Telephone:
02920829000 | 01685872028

Registered Office: The Counting House, Dunleavy Drive, Celtic Gateway, Cardiff, CF11 0SN. Registered Number: 4777212 Place of registration: England & Wales ©Copyright 2016 KTS Owens Thomas. All rights reserved.