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Fewer than 9,000 new parents took shared parental leave last year

Fewer than 9,000 new parents took shared parental leave (SPL) last year, research published today has found, compared with hundreds of thousands who took standard maternity or paternity leave.

SPL, which was introduced in April 2015, allows new parents to share up to 50 weeks of leave and 37 weeks of statutory pay between them.

However, figures published by law firm EMW found that, while 661,000 mothers and 221,000 fathers took maternity and paternity leave in the year to March 2017, only 8,700 parents took SPL.

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December 6, 2017

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