Paternity Leave in the UK

A new scheme is due to come in soon in the UK, under which there will be a statutory 12 months parental leave upon the birth of a baby. (I don’t know if this applies to adoption as well.) Mothers get the first six months, and either mothers or fathers may take the second six months. This scheme is now being criticised as unlikely to be taken up by many men, because the ¬£100/week they would be paid is not very much money. It is predicted that only 4-8% of UK men would take this leave, compared to 90% of men taking up paternity leave in other European countries. Campaigners are arguing that the UK should follow Sweden’s lead in having some leave that is only available to men. For more, see here.