Paternity – Leave & Pay

Statutory Paternity Pay

During their paternity leave, most employees are entitled to Statutory Paternity Pay (SPP) from their employers.

Statutory Paternity Pay is paid by employers for either one or two consecutive weeks as the employee has chosen. The rate of Statutory Paternity Pay is the same as the standard rate of Statutory Maternity Pay – from April 2006, this is £108.85 a week or 90% of average weekly earnings if this is less than £108.85.

Employees who have average weekly earnings below the Lower Earnings Limit for National Insurance purposes (£84 a week from April 2006) do not qualify for Statutory Paternity Pay. Employees who do not qualify for Statutory Paternity Pay, or who are normally low-paid, may be able to get Income Support while on paternity leave. Additional financial support may be available through Housing Benefit, Council Tax Benefit, Tax Credits or a Sure Start Maternity Grant. Further information is available from your local Jobcentre Plus office or Social Security office.

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