New law: Government announces annual increases in maternity, sickness and other statutory payments in 2018

The Department for Work and Pensions has announced proposed increases to statutory benefit payments as follows:

  • Statutory maternity, paternity, adoption, shared parental pay and maternity allowance will increase from £140.98 per week to £145.18 a week
  • Statutory sick pay will increase from £89.35 to £92.05 a week

The new rates are available in a DWP statement.

The increases will take place from April 2018, although the precise date has not yet been announced.

Operative date

  • Now

Recommendation

  • Employers should budget and plan for the increases with effect from the introduction date (once it has been announced)

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