Parental Leave

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy written question – answered on 1st December 2022.

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To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, pursuant to the Answer of 15 November 2022 to Question 83544 on Parental Leave, and with reference to the oral contribution of the then Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State to the debate on Employment Law: Devolution to Scotland on 6 September 2022, Official Report, column 51WH, on what basis the Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State stated that take-up of Shared Parental Leave is exceeding 8 per cent of the 285,000 eligible fathers.

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The 2013 Impact Assessment for Shared Parental Leave (SPL) estimated that take-up would be between 2-8 per cent. Current take-up rates of SPL are based on HMRC data, this data estimates that rates fall within the middle of this range and have been gradually increasing.

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