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Key maternity pledge dropped

Issue No. 2169

One big casualty of Gordon Brown’s cuts came this week as Labour announced that it has abandoned a promise to extend maternity pay from nine months to a year because the state can no longer afford it.

The party’s 2005 manifesto pledged to lengthen the statutory entitlement by the end of this parliament.

The additional 13 weeks of paid leave would have been worth up to £1,600 for each eligible family, and would largely have been paid as a state benefit.

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Tue 15 Sep 2009, 19:34 BST
Issue No. 2169
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