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No increase to parental leave rights payments or SSP in 2016/17

The Department for Work and Pensions have published a list of the proposed benefit and pension rates for 2016 to 2017. . Pages 12 and 13 show that the earnings threshold rates and the standard rates for Statutory Maternity Pay, Statutory Adoption Pay, Statutory Paternity Pay (plus Additional Statutory Paternity Pay), Statutory Shared Parental Pay and Statutory Sick Pay will not be increased for 2016/17. This is because of a 0.1% fall in the Consumer Price Index in the year to September 2015. It means that the weekly earnings threshold rate will remain at £112 for all the payments; the parental leave rights payments will remain at a weekly rate of £139.58 and the weekly rate for SSP will remain at £88.45.

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