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Shared Parental Leave and Pay - How much does Statutory Shared Parental Pay (SSPP) give me?

Shared Parental Leave was introduced together with Statutory Shared Parental Pay on 5 April 2015 as part of the Government’s policy package aimed at encouraging shared parenting from the earliest stages of pregnancy and adoption.

How much does Statutory Shared Parental Pay (SSPP) give me?

Statutory Shared Parental Pay (SSPP) is paid at the rate of £148.68 a week or 90% of your average weekly earnings, whichever is lower.

This is the same as Statutory Maternity Pay (SMP) except that during the first 6 weeks SMP is paid at 90% of whatever you earn (with no maximum).

SPL and SSPP must be taken between the baby’s birth and first birthday (or within one year of adoption).


Updated: April 2019

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