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Reduction of benefits burden on employers

Comment 10th August 2010

STATUTORY MATERNITY PAY is now payable for longer than the period of pregnancy. Although employers are entitled to recover SMP, they still have the burden of paying it each week or month and then recovering it later.

Eventually it is the taxpayer who is funding this ridiculous benefit. We managed with shorted periods of SMP for many years and in the light of the present economic situation, the duration this benefit should be restored to pre-1997 levels – i.e. 18 weeks.

STAUTORY PATERNITY PAY should be abolished. Employees receive 5.6 weeks paid holiday already and it does not seem unreasonable to suggest that they take 2 weeks of their holiday when their child is born. At present, the taxpayer funds £250 for a fortnight's extra leave.

HOLIDAY PAY ENTITLEMENT should not accrue during periods of Stautory Maternity Pay. At present, a woman drawing 12 months of SMP is also racking up 5.6 weeks-worth of Holiday Entitlement which is payable by and not recoverable by the employer.

 

 

 

 

 

Why does this matter?

The state cannot afford to continue subsidising parenthood to this extent.

There are many other areas where state social funding is more important – for example, the homeless, the destitute, homes for children suffering abuse, etc.

Parenthood is a privilege rewarded by the love of a child.

WE AS A BANKRUPT NATION SIMPLY DON'T HAVE THE MONEY TO GO ON WITH THIS PROFLIGACY. THAT'S WHY THIS IDEA IS IMPORTANT.

 

 

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