The benefits of paternity leave | The Economist
Fathers could take a year paternity leave if the mother is main breadwinner
New coalition plans could allow mothers to return to work after a fortnight while fathers stay home with baby
Fathers could be able to share maternity leave if the mother returns to employment under new plans announced by the Coalition.
Dads could take time off work and claim state benefits throughout the first year of the baby’s life.
If the main household earner is the mother, she could return to work after a fortnight.
The new plans, known as ‘flexible parental leave’ would still allow mothers to receive assistance automatically unless they apply to transfer this to the child’s father.
However, according to the Daily Telegraph, the introduction of these plans could be delayed until October 2015 due to Cabinet discussions over the impact of this scheme on businesses.
According to official figures 420,000 families every year could benefit from the proposal – although estimates from the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills says this figure could be as low as 13,500.
A new IT system, which could cost a staggering £22m, would need to be built.
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