April 2020 statutory maternity, paternity and sick pay rates published


The government has published the proposed statutory rates for maternity pay, paternity pay, shared parental pay, adoption pay and sick pay from April 2020.

The current weekly rate of statutory maternity pay is £148.68, or 90% of the employee’s average weekly earnings if this figure is less than the statutory rate.

The rate of statutory maternity pay is expected to rise to £151.20 from April 2020. The increase normally occurs on the first Sunday in April, which in 2020 is 5 April.

Also on 5 April 2020, the rates of statutory paternity pay and statutory shared parental pay is expected to go up from £148.68 to £151.20 (or 90% of the employee’s average weekly earnings if this figure is less than the statutory rate).

The rate of statutory adoption pay increases from £148.68 to £151.20.

This would mean that, from 5 April 2020, statutory adoption pay is payable at 90% of the employee’s average weekly earnings for the first six weeks, with the remainder of the adoption pay period at the rate of £151.20, or 90% of average weekly earnings if this is less than £151.20.

The rates normally increase each April in line with the consumer price index (CPI).

Stephen Simpson, principal employment law editor at XpertHR, said: “Employers may have been concerned that the publication of these rates could have been delayed because the government has been busy with the general election and Brexit.

“It is good news for employers that the April 2020 rates have still been published well in advance, which will help HR professionals to plan their budgets for 2020/21, and to prepare amendments to their policies and other documentation on family-friendly benefits for April.”

The rate of statutory sick pay is also proposed to increase from £94.25 to £95.85 on 6 April 2020.

To be entitled to these statutory payments, the employee’s average earnings must be equal to or more than the lower earnings limit.

However, the lower earnings limit from April 2020 has not yet been published.


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6 Responses to April 2020 statutory maternity, paternity and sick pay rates published

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    Yogs 10 Jan 2020 at 6:39 pm #

    Im wondering if anyone in government tried to live on those rates. Maybe they should try?

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      Saiba 13 Jan 2020 at 1:38 pm #

      It is absolutely outrageous! People can barely survive on these rates.

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    craig 15 Jan 2020 at 5:12 pm #

    im expected to lve on £13,12p per day ssp £94.25 per week

    my rent is £475pm and council tax is £130 pm so how im expected to live off this and buy food is behond me
    you dont get any grace off your landlord as he still wants his rent
    i think the minimum rate ssp should be at least £150 to £160 per week still peanuts
    but a little better than the current rate thats on offer
    this is why were having a lot of homeless people on the streets as you just cant live

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    Steve Stone 23 Jan 2020 at 11:40 am #

    Advice that may help the whole country. Only have a child if you can afford one!
    Yes the statutory maternity pay is pitiful, but please remember, this is a choice we make and we shouldn’t always rely on other people to bail us out, especially not our government.

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      polly 3 Feb 2020 at 9:55 am #

      and why should anyone be penalised for wanting to do the most natural thing a human can do? its literally our only purpose on this earth. Good grief. Fair enough if you’re on baby number 3 & more but for 1 or 2 children it should not be difficult.

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    Cyndy Hodgson 24 Jan 2020 at 3:04 pm #

    If people don’t have children, who will support us in our old age?

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