To: Justine Greening MP, Minister for Women and Equalities & Margot James MP, Minister for Small Business

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

  • Tories pretend to want to help small business but they just love big business that don't pay their fair share of taxes by the looks of things. Surprise surprise you really can't trust politicians and they'll pick on people who hardly have a voice. Pathetic discrimination as usual in favour of corporations.
  • I was unaware of this discrimination and therefore wonder how many others are?
  • It is a disgrace that gender discrimination is still allowed to exist.


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

1,000 signatures reached

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

500 signatures reached