The Government has proposed no annual increase in various statutory rates, including maternity pay, paternity pay, shared parental pay, adoption pay and sick pay. The current weekly rate of statutory maternity pay and other parental payments is £139.58, or 90% of the employee's average weekly earnings if this figure is less than the statutory rate.Although there is no statutory requirement to uplift these rates every year, they normally increase each April in line with the consumer price index (CPI). As the CPI fell by 0.1% in the year to September 2015, there will be no increase to the rates in 2016/17. Bar Huberman, employment law editor at XpertHR says: "It will be a blow to many employees that these rates have been frozen. After the first six weeks of maternity leave, which are payable at 90% of the employee's average weekly earnings, employees are entitled to 33 weeks' statutory maternity pay at the weekly rate set by the Government." The freeze also applies to statutory shared parental pay. TStatutory maternity pay and statutory sick pay rates will not rise in 2016.