Azara Blog: People without children should allegedly be forced to further subsidise people with children

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Date published: 2009/03/30

The BBC says:

Statutory maternity leave should be cut from nine months to six to give fathers more paid time off to spend with their children, a watchdog has said.

The Equality and Human Rights Commission said it wanted to see more sharing of paid leave between parents.

Mothers get nine months' paid leave while fathers get two weeks, making arrangements in the UK the most unequal in Europe, the commission suggests.

The government said the UK already had generous measures to support parents.

New mothers currently get nine months paid leave, six weeks at 90% of their salary and the rest at the statutory rate of £117.18 a week. Fathers get two weeks at the statutory rate.

The commission's survey of 4,500 people found "a high percentage" of fathers said they wanted to spend more time with their children.

The commission suggested new fathers should get two weeks off at 90% pay, and another four months leave before their child was five years old.
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The new plan would cost around £5.3bn to introduce.

The inequality in leave between women and men is stark. If the so-called Equality and Human Rights Commission wanted to address that issue then all fine and well, and it could obviously be done in a fiscally neutral way. But instead they have another agenda, i.e. to force people without children to hand over another 5.3 billion pounds per annum to people with children (on top of the billions and billions of pounds of subsidy that already exist).

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