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09 April 2018

WFTV join Tracy Brabin MP in support of parental pay equality

WFTV Chief Executive Kate Kinninmont represented the organisation in support of Tracy Brabin MP’s 10-minute rule bill to extend shared parental leave and pay to the self-employed.

The event, held outside of parliament on 21 February, was attended by a number of key figures from the entertainment world, cross-party MPs, and campaigning organisations including Equity and Raising Films.

Currently, self-employed parents are not eligible for Shared Parental Pay (SPL). Tracy Brabin, Shadow Minister for Early Years, first raised the issue in a question to the PM in November, stating:

“As the Prime Minister will be aware, self-employed people are not eligible for shared parental leave. This places the burden of childcare on the mum, and denies fathers financial support and bonding time with the child.”

The bill has been widely covered across the press and on social media, under the hashtag #SelfieLeave. The bill is due to receive a second reading on Friday 11 May, so watch this space!