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
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.
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