The UK government should give proposals to double paternity leave the consideration they deserve in an upcoming study of parental leave, SNP MSP Fulton MacGregor has said.
The MSP launched a campaign earlier this year to double the statutory period of paternity leave from 2 weeks to 4, pointing to a range of evidence on the potential benefits to both parents and children.
In a letter to Mr MacGregor, UK government minister Andrew Griffiths refused to commit to the proposal but said they would review the take up of paternity leave in an upcoming study of Shared Parental Leave.
A number of studies have found a link between longer paternity leave and a range of positive outcomes, including greater maternal well-being, reduced incidence of postnatal depression and fewer behavioural problems in children.
Source: Government urged to reconsider paternity leave rights : Welfare Weekly