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'Few fathers' take paternity leave

Few fathers are taking advantage of additional paternity leave, mainly because of the low statutory rate of pay they would receive, according to a new report by the TUC.

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Few fathers take extra paternity leave 'due to low pay'

Few fathers in the UK are taking advantage of additional paternity leave, mainly because of the low statutory rate of pay they would receive, according to a report released today.

A study by the TUC suggests that of 285,000 men eligible to take up to 26 weeks leave, just 1,650 did so in 2011/12.

The TUC claims the low statutory rate of pay fathers would receive if they took additional paternity leave is to blame. Credit: HENRIK MONTGOMERY / SCANPIX/Scanpix/Press Association Images

The TUC claims the low take up is because men cannot afford to live on the statutory weekly rate of £136 a week - which is rarely topped up by employers.

In contrast, most fathers take the first two weeks of paternity leave, which is usually topped up by employers, they added.

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