Increases to Maternity, Paternity and Adoption Pay: April 2015

Increases to Maternity, Paternity and Adoption Pay: April 2015

The Welfare Benefits Up-rating Order 2015 (SI 2015/30) (the order) provides for the up-rating of certain social security benefits and payments. The order increases various payments by 1% in the tax year 2015-2016.

Most notably, as of 5 April 2015, statutory maternity, adoption, paternity, additional paternity and shared parental pay will increase to £139.58 a week (up from £138.18). From 6 April 2015, the weekly rate of statutory sick pay will increase to £88.45 (up from £87.55).

Another point to note on additional paternity leave and pay is that it will only be available in respect of babies whose expected week of childbirth is before 5 April 2015, or for children who are placed for adoption before that date.

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