Maternity Pay

Education written question – answered on 4th March 2014.

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Photo of Sharon Hodgson Sharon Hodgson Shadow Minister (Equalities)

To ask the Secretary of State for Education what the standard level and duration is of contractual maternity pay paid to civil servants in his Department.

Photo of Elizabeth Truss Elizabeth Truss The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education

In 2007 the provision for employers to pay statutory maternity pay increased from 26 weeks to 39 weeks. As a result the Department for Education increased their maternity leave package, from 28 weeks at full pay to 28 weeks at full pay plus 11 weeks at statutory maternity pay, to ensure the policy remained compliant with the legislation change. This arrangement remains in place.

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