I am a single parent. Can I share my maternity leave with my mum?

Not at the moment, although the government has confirmed that it plans to adopt a Labour Party proposal to extend shared parental leave to include grandparents by 2018. The proposal would only impact on working grandparents, as those who are not working wouldn’t be likely to meet the earnings eligibility criteria.

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