Employed fathers are paid £140 a week for any time they take off with their child during the 2 weeks of paterntity leave that is availble. Employed mothers can access 6 weeks maternity leave at 90% of their salary, but fathers cannot.
Studies show that involved dads raise happier and healthier children, who have improved learning outcomes. Paternity leave has a direct impact on a child’s performance in secondary school.
To create a society where equality thrives, we first need equality in a home environment. We will never achieve that while our legislation favours only mothers caring for their offspring over fathers.
Tom Higham from Pregnant Then Screwed has started a petition calling on the UK Govt. to give both parents six weeks parental leave paid at 90% of their salary. Same sex couples should also have equal access to parental leave.
Please sign the petition by clicking here.