Adoption: Self-employed

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy written question – answered on 29th March 2017.

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Photo of Melanie Onn Melanie Onn Labour, Great Grimsby

To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, following the independent self-employment review of February 2016, what steps he is taking to introduce a new adoption allowance for self-employed people.

Photo of Margot James Margot James Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

The Government will consult in the summer on whether there is a case for greater parity in parental benefits between the employed and the self-employed.

Local Authorities may make a payment equivalent to Maternity Allowance in cases where adopters do not qualify for family related statutory pay because they are self-employed. This payment is discretionary and means-tested to ensure that resources are targeted at those adopters who need it most and is part of a package of post-adoption support.

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