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MATERNITY, PATERNITY, ADOPTION PAY & SSP INCREASES

Standard rates of statutory maternity, paternity and adoption pay will increase from £124.88 to £128.73 per week from 3 April 2011. Statutory sick pay will also increase from £79.15 to £81.60 per week from 6 April 2011.

REJECTION OF EXTENDED MATERNITY LEAVE

An extension to 20 weeks for maternity has been rejected by EU ministers The Council of the European Union has rejected proposals to extend the minimum period of fully paid maternity leave to 20 weeks, which the European Parliament voted for in October 2010.

CHANGE TO CHILDCARE VOUCHER RULES

It has been confirmed that there will be changes to the tax law regarding the childcare voucher schemes in 2011.  The Government’s view is that there are too many well-off parents benefiting from this and this will lead to a change in the way that the system will work.

Employees wanting to take up vouchers have until 6th April 20111 to sign up.  If you are an employer thinking about implementing a scheme, do so now.

Information provided by:

Sandra Beale FCIPD
SJ Beale HR Consult Ltd
Tel: 07762 771290
Email: info@sjbealehrconsult.co.uk
Web: http://www.sjbealehrconsult.co.uk

It has been confirmed that there will be changes to the tax laws regarding the childcare voucher schemes in 2011. The government view that there are too many well-off parents benefitting from this (including tax-free music lessons through certain schemes) will lead to a change in the way the system will work. Employees wanting to take up vouchers have until 6 April 2011 to sign up. If you are an employer thinking about implementing a scheme do so now.

It has been confirmed that there will be changes to the tax laws regarding the childcare voucher schemes in 2011. The government view that there are too many well-off parents benefitting from this (including tax-free music lessons through certain schemes) will lead to a change in the way the system will work. Employees wanting to take up vouchers have until 6 April 2011 to sign up. If you are an employer thinking about implementing a scheme do so now.

After the recent emergency budget the Government has been accused of hampering efforts to employ more midwives after it unveiled a two-year pay freeze for workers in the public sector.  www.nursingtimes.net/nursing-practice-clinical-research/clinical-subjects/midwifery/pay-freeze-could-hit-midwife-efforts-says-rcm/5016301.article

The National Childbirth Trust (NCT) this week expressed concern that parents trying to raise a family will bear the brunt of the cuts – http://bit.ly/cc81Zy.  Cuts planned include:

  • child benefit will be frozen for three years
  • a cut in child tax credit for those on combined income of over £40,000
  • health in pregnancy grant (£190) abolished
  • Sure Start grant restricted to only the first-born child
  • Lone parents to look for work when youngest child goes to school.

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