Financial Worries Discourage 21% of Fathers from Taking Paternity Leave; UK’s Least Generous Paternity Leave Entitlement in Europe, Survey Finds

According to a survey conducted by the Trades Union Congress (TUC), 21% of fathers choose not to take paternity leave, with the primary reason being financial concerns (27%).

The survey further reveals that over half of families (53%) face financial difficulties when fathers take paternity leave. Currently, statutory paternity pay in the UK amounts to £172.48 per week, or 90% of average weekly earnings (whichever is lower), and the duration of paternity leave is limited to one or two weeks.

It is worth noting that the UK offers the least generous paternity leave entitlement when compared to other European countries.

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