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Give new fathers a right to six weeks paid paternity leave

Submitted by Beth Sewell on Tuesday 21st April 2020

Published on Friday 3rd July 2020

Current status: Closed

Closed: Sunday 3rd January 2021

Signatures: 667

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Bond ~ It ~ Midwife ~ Time ~ weeks

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Give new fathers a right to six weeks paid paternity leave

Petition Details

Dads are only entitled 2 weeks paternity leave, at reduced pay. Dads are just as important as mums when it comes to bonding with a baby. 2 weeks leave is not enough and reduced pay is terrible for supporting a new family.

Additional Information

Dads should have 6 weeks off work with full pay so they’ve got time to bond with their baby and help the mum, especially in cases where she has a cesarian section.

In the first 2 weeks, it can mainly be visits with the midwife for baby checks and mum checks, and visits from family. Dads need time to bond too.

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