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Paternity Leave and Inequalities Oral Question, 10/12/14 [S]

During Portfolio Question Time on 10 December 2014 Christian Allard (SNP) asked the Scottish Government  what the equalities impact will be in Scotland of the United Kingdom Government’s decision not to honour the legal entitlement for paternity leave for fathers who are in receipt of jobseekers allowance and are in mandatory work or community placements.

The Cabinet Secretary for Social Justice, Communities and Pensioner's Rights, Alex Neil replied that the Scottish Government believes that, ideally, all fathers, including those on out-of-work benefits, should be able to spend quality time with their new babies. I urge the Department for Work and Pensions to examine the policy again and to consider whether it is in the best interests of children. This UK Government policy threatens to be detrimental to low-income, vulnerable families.

For the full answer to this and any subsidiary questions see the Scottish Parliament Official Report 10 December 2014 which is available from the Scottish Parliament website.

Further Information

Scottish Parliament Official Report 10 December 2014