BUDGET: Paid maternity leave extended

The
Chancellor Gordon Brown has unveiled a family friendly Budget this
afternoon. 

He
announced that that maternity pay will be raised to £75 next year and then
increased to £100 in 2003. The Government will also extend maternity leave from
18 to 26 weeks in 2003. 

Paid
paternity leave will definitely be introduced at £100 per week, as proposed
last December.

The
Government confirmed that a £1,000 new baby tax credit will be introduced for
families with earnings below £50,000 from April 2002.  

He also announced that from June this year the Working
Families Tax Credit will rise by £5 a week.

www.hm-treasury.gov.uk

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