Petition Increase mandatory paternity leave for fathers to at least 12 weeks with pay.

Increase paternity leave for fathers to at least 12 weeks. 2 weeks at full pay and 10 weeks at statutory pay. This should not detract from mother’s maternity leave and pay. This will allow better support for families.

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Giving birth and having a newborn is extremely difficult for mothers. They need support to recover physically, emotionally and also raising a new baby. Having fathers at home for longer than the current 2 weeks would be a great help. Mothers who have Caesarean sections are bedbound for first few weeks as well and mothers need help and support. Post natal support is very lacking for new mothers. Shared parental leave does not allow for both parents to be off at the same time.

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