maternity

  • Financial help in the early years


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    Growing up in poverty damages children’s health, development, education and lifetime opportunities. People working in early years and childcare are in a key position of everyday contact with families to pass on information to help maximise their incomes and make sure they do not miss out on vital support.

  • Reducing child poverty before and after birth: information for midwives


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    CPAG in Scotland has developed a new resource and timeline for midwives highlighting some of the practical steps they can take to maximise a family’s income and increase financial security. These steps include:

  • Statutory shared parental pay

    Issue 244 (February 2015)
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    Susan Mitchell and Simon Osborne outline the main rules on a new payment which, from April, will replace additional statutory paternity pay in England, Scotland and Wales.

  • Sure start maternity grants – LS v SSWP [2014] UKUT 0298 (AAC)

    Last updated: January 21, 2015
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    CPAG acted for the appellant in an appeal against the abolition of Sure Start Maternity grants for women who have a second child. The case concerned whether the DWP carried out an adequate assessment of the impact of the cut on ethnic minorities, who have larger families and are less likely to have received a maternity grant for their first child. We argue that the Department failed to have due regard to its duties under the Race Relations Act 1971.

  • Residence rights and wrongs

    Issue 242 (October 2014)
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    Henri Krishna reviews recent changes in rules1 about residence and benefits, concentrating on developments not already covered by articles on the 1 January 2014 changes in CPAG's Welfare Rights Bulletin 238 and the Saint Prix decision of the European Court of Justice in CPAG's Welfare Rights Bulletin 241.

    • 1. SI 2014/1451
  • Saint Prix and the right to reside for pregnant women

    Issue 241 (August 2014)
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    Mike Spencer looks at a recent European Court of Justice decision with important findings about the right to reside of women who have given up work due to pregnancy.

  • Saint Prix v DWP: pregnancy and right to reside

    Last updated: June 25, 2014
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    Jessy Saint Prix v Department for Work and Pensions C-507/12.

    The issue in this case is whether a French national who became temporarily unable to work due to pregnancy and childbirth and had no continuing employment rights retained her status as a 'worker' in EU law and therefore her right of residence in the UK when she claimed income support on grounds of pregnancy.  

  • Right to reside: the pregnant pause?

    Issue 209 (April 2009)
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    Martin Williams looks at the issues for pregnant EEA nationals caused by the 'right to reside' requirement.

  • EU court upholds equality for pregnant workers

    June 19, 2014
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    A landmark ruling today from the EU’s highest court has upheld the rights of pregnant EU nationals to equal treatment when claiming benefits.   The European Court of Justice ruled that a French national who was working in the UK and had to give up work because of the late stages of pregnancy should be entitled to income support.

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  • Work and Families Act 2006: maternity, paternity and adoption benefit changes

    Issue 194 (October 2006)
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    As part of the Government's 10-year strategy for childcare,1 it consulted on measures intended to 'give parents more choice about how to balance their work and family responsibilities'.2 The Work and Families Act 2006 implements some of the measures set out in the Government's response to this consultation. The Act, together with a group of related statutory instruments,3 contains amendments to legislation relating to maternity, paternity and adoption benefits. Susan Mitchell outlines the main changes.

    • 1. Choice for parents, the best start for children: a ten year strategy for children, HMT, 2004
    • 2. Work and Families: Choice and Flexibility A consultation document, February 2005
    • 3. Maternity and Parental Leave etc. and the Paternity and Adoption Leave (Amendment) Regulations 2006 (2006 No. 2014); Statutory Paternity Pay and Statutory Adoption Pay (General) and the Statutory Paternity Pay and Statutory Adoption Pay (Weekly Rates) (Amendment) Regulations 2006 (2006 No. 2236); Statutory Maternity Pay, Social Security (Maternity Allowance) and Social Security (Overlapping Benefits) (Amendment) Regulations 2006 (2006 No. 2379)