This petition was submitted during the 2015–2017 Conservative government
Petition Statutory Adoption Allowance for Self-Employed
Employed people who adopt are entitled to the same 39 weeks paid leave as those who give birth.
Self Employed parents are entitled to 39 weeks maternity allowance. Which amounts to £5,443.62.
A Self Employed parent who adopts receives no statutory allowance.
Whilst some parents may be able to contact the local authority for help this is not in any way guaranteed.
As part of the adoption procedures the prospective parents have their finances inspected and so the majority of parents are reluctant to ask for financial help in fear that it jeopardises their application
This petition closed early because of a General Election Find out more on the Petitions Committee website