Good Father's Day gift would be 'a rise in paternity pay'

TUC General Secretary Frances O'Grady said a "good gift" this Father's Day would be for ministers to increase statutory paternity pay rates and for employers to top it up for longer.

Ms O'Grady said: "Poor levels of financial support are preventing new dads from taking extra time off and are particularly affecting low-paid fathers who simply cannot afford to take leave.

A file photo of a man playing with a child.
A TUC study that found few fathers are taking advantage of additional paternity leave. Credit: Press Association

"Extending paternity pay from two to six weeks and paying a better statutory rate would make a massive difference, as has been shown in other countries".

He comments follow a TUC study that found few fathers are taking advantage of additional paternity leave, mainly because of the low statutory rate of pay they would receive.

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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.