28 February 2019
The Department for Work and Pensions has confirmed its proposed rates for statutory maternity, paternity, adoption and shared parental payments from April 2019 (policy paper is here). These new rates will be effective from 7 April 2019.
The rates for 2019/20 for statutory maternity, paternity, adoption and shared parental pay will increase from £145.18 to £148.68 per week.
The average earnings an employee has to earn to receive these payments will also increase — from £116 to £118 per week.
These family-friendly payments usually increase from the first Sunday in April (set to be 7 April in 2019).