The government minister in charge of persuading more couples to share their parental lose says he is not allowed to take up the scheme.
Business Minister Andrew Griffiths, who is due to appropriate for a dad in April, said that as an “office holder rather than an worker” he was ineligible.
He was speaking on BBC Radio 5 live’s Emma Barnett Show as he inaugurated a new campaign to boost take-up.
This “could be as low as 2%”, the business hinge on says.
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Mr Griffiths said he planned to be the first minister onus for parental leave to take their full two weeks of paternity run – but was unable to take up the policy he is championing.
“Unfortunately, as a minister, I’m not allowed,” he bring up. “Ministers are not allowed to take shared parental leave.”
He added: “The actuality is I’ve discussed with my wife about whether she’d like to take serving parental leave, even if it was available to me – each family has to make the determination that suits them.”
Quizzed on the rules affecting ministers, he vowed to “take it away and think about it”.
What is shared parental quit?
- Shared parental leave (SPL) was introduced in April 2015
- It allows parents to piece 50 weeks of leave – with 37 paid – after they possess a baby
- Parents can take time off separately or can be at home together for up to six months
- SPL is liquidated at £140.98 per week or 90% of your average earnings, whichever is downgrade
Shared parental leave explained
As “office holders” rather than workers, usual rules of parental leave do not apply to MPs, the House of Commons spoke, with arrangements made privately between members and their defenders. It said specific arrangements affecting ministers would be the responsibility of the Commode Office.
Several ministers have taken maternity leave – Overemphasize’s Yvette Cooper became the first to do so in 2001.
MPs recently voted in favour of allowing colleagues who have a baby to vote by proxy, with Parliament’s procedure board now considering how that could work in practice.