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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.

Good news for pregnant women!

The Government have announced a new one-off, tax-free payment from H M Revenue & Customs (HMRC) if you are a mum-to-be with an expected due date of on or after 6th April 2009.

To receive the one-off payment of £190 for each pregnancy, you need to get a claim form from your doctor or midwife and then send it WITHIN 31 days to HMRC.  This grant is not means tested and it will not affect your tax credits or any other benefit.  The grant will be paid directly into your bank or building society account.

This grant may not be available to you if you are not ordinarily resident or have a right to reside in the UK, or if you are subject to immigration control.  For more information speak to your midwife or doctor or go to the website www.campaigns.direct.gov.uk/money4mum2be/

The rules regarding any maternity benefits you may be entitled to are complicated.  If you are working I suggest you speak to your HR department for advice, also look at www.adviceguide.org.uk/index/life/benefits/benefits_for_families_and_children.htm


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