Almost half of dads cannot afford to take paternity leave, according to new study

20 October 2009

Almost half of working fathers do not take their right to two weeks’ statutory paternity leave because they cannot afford to, according to a new study by the Equality and Human Rights Commission.

The Working Better – Fathers, family and work report draws on a YouGov survey of more than 2,000 fathers.

The EHRC has called for paternity pay to be paid at 90% of salary, rather than the current statutory rate of £123 per week.

To read the BBC’s coverage of the story, including a comment from Fatherhood Institute Head of Research Adrienne Burgess, click here.

To read the Fatherhood Institute’s proposals for a more equitable system of maternity, paternity and parental leave, click here