By Jonathan Davies
All Civil Servants will be entitled to receive full parental leave pay from April 2015, according to Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg.
Currently, only mothers are entitled to full pay whilst on maternity leave. But the new rules will allow fathers to spend more time at home with their new-born children, Mr Clegg will announce this week.
The Deputy Prime Minister hopes the changes to parental leave pay in the Civil Service will leads to similar, if not the same, changes in the private sector.
The government last year announced plans to introduce changes to the parental leave in April 2015. From next year, parents will be given full flexibility over how they split their 52 week parental leave entitlement - except for the first two weeks, which must be taken by the mother.
In a speech this week, Nick Clegg is expected to say: "For me, it's critical that people who choose to work in the public sector know that they're working in modern, progressive workplaces. That is why I think it's also important we do more to support public sector workers balancing their home and work lives.
"To help get that revolution started in the public sector, working with the Cabinet Office, I've been pushing hard for radical reforms to the way in which the Civil Service pays and supports its staff after their children are born."
He hopes the changes will "blaze a trail for other public and private sector organisations to follow - making this option the norm for more working families and increasing the opportunities available to both sexes to earn and care across our society."
The government introduced changes to parental leave in 2011 which saw fathers able to take more paternity leave if the mother decided to return to work and not claim statutory maternity pay.
But figures obtained by the shadow childcare minister Lucy Powell showed that less than one in 50 new fathers were exercising their new rights.
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