To: Amber Rudd MP, Minister for Women and Equalities & Andrew Griffiths MP, Minister for Small Business, Consumers & Corporate Responsibility

Give Shared Parental Pay to the Self-Employed

Change the eligibility criteria for statutory Shared Parental Pay to include self-employed people.

Why is this important?

Self-employed parents are not eligible for Shared Parental Pay (ShPP). The current system of Maternity Allowance for the self-employed places the entire burden of childcare onto the mother, and offers no financial support for self-employed fathers or same-sex partners wanting to share childcare.

We would like to see ShPP implemented for self-employed parents, as it would allow them more flexibility to successfully run their businesses without claiming any more money from the government than the mothers are currently entitled to.

Self-employed mothers claiming Maternity Allowance have none of the legal protections afforded to employees when they go on maternity leave, so the flexibility to share childcare and stop and start their maternity pay in order to maintain their business becomes even more crucial. We believe that in 2017 gender-equality is a fundamental right, not an optional extra reserved for those in traditional employment.

Reasons for signing

  • This also applies to adoption leave. I was not entitled to even statutory maternity /adoption leave payments so as a potential single adoptive parent I had the choice of getting a job with PAYE or forgoing any money at all whilst adopting. I raised this with my MP at the time but nothing has changed. It’s archaic & doesn’t acknowledge even the financial contribution self employed people contribute to society let alone anything else. Also gender should be immaterial.
  • I was self employed
  • Although I am too old to have children my grandchildren will benefit greatly by shared parental pay. Please look to the future and support this important change to the law.


2018-04-12 20:44:09 +0100

5,000 signatures reached

2017-08-17 09:04:03 +0100

1,000 signatures reached

2017-08-16 18:02:35 +0100

500 signatures reached