Petition Give fathers/second parents a right to 6 weeks' paid leave in baby's first year

Change parental leave and pay to give employed fathers/second parents two weeks' paternity leave, plus four weeks' non-transferable parental leave, paid at 90%, to be taken in the baby's first year. Introduce a Paternity Allowance with similar benefits for other fathers/second parents.

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The UK’s gender pay gap is above the EU average. Longer, better-paid leave for fathers should help support greater gender equality in the labour market: countries offering fathers more than six weeks of paid leave have smaller gender pay and labour force participation gaps. More than half of UK families struggle financially when fathers take paternity leave. Taking two weeks’ leave at the statutory rate costs an average earning father more than £1,000, and around 20% of fathers are ineligible.

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