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All equal now?

Following the introduction of shared parental leave  in 2015, there has been much focus on the comparatively low rate of take up, just 9,200 new parents in 2018 which is approximately 1% of those eligible to do so.  Reasons for this low level may be various however, it seems clear that a major reason why take up is still so poor four years after the system was introduced, is because many fathers cannot afford to live off the weekly payment off £148.68 (April 2019).  This comparatively low payment also compares unfavourably with the enhanced maternity pay offered by many employers to mothers in both the public and private sector.

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