Can single mothers take Shared Parental Leave?

If a mother isn’t sharing responsibility for raising her child with a partner or the father of the baby, she won’t qualify for Shared Parental Leave. She must take maternity leave.

For some time, the government has been considering extending the right to share leave to cover working grandparents, but these plans appear to have been kicked into the long grass pending a review of the Shared Parental Leave scheme.

Note: This content is provided as general background information and should not be taken as legal advice or financial advice for your particular situation. Make sure to get individual advice on your case from your union, a source on our free help page or an independent financial advisor before taking any action.

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