Lib Dems promise an extra month’s paid paternity leave

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As campaigning continues for next month’s general election, the Liberal Democrats have promised an extra four weeks of paid paternity leave.

Currently men are entitled to just two weeks off unless they and their partner choose to take advantage of the shared parental leave scheme.

An additional four weeks for fathers as a baseline entitlement would offer families “greater flexibility” said the party.

Jo Swinson is the former Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Employment Relations and currently the party’s candidate for East Dunbartonshire. She said increased paternity leave would be a “massive step towards more quality parenting and recognising the vital role that fathers play”.

But, she insisted:

“…more needs to be done in order to encourage men to take leave when they become a dad, to bond with their child during the early weeks and months of their life”.

Meanwhile, the Labour Party Manifesto also offers an increase –  to only four weeks but with increased rates of pay, “because fathers are parents too and deserve to spend more time with their new babies.”

Stowe Family Law Web Team

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