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Grandparents to be able to join in with shared parental leave

PUBLISHED: 07:52 05 October 2015 | UPDATED: 07:52 05 October 2015

Grandparents to be able to share parental leave with their children

Grandparents to be able to share parental leave with their children

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Working grandparents will be given a new legal right to take time off to help care for their grandchildren under plans announced by George Osborne.

The chancellor said that many grandparents played a “central role” in caring for younger generations and the move would help them do that while allowing them to remain in work.

The plan will involve extending the current system of shared parental leave to cover grandparents as well as the child’s mother and father.

The total of 50 weeks of leave will not be extended, but the plan is aimed at giving greater flexibility to families in the first year of a child’s life.

Parents will be able to share up to 50 weeks of leave and up to 37 weeks of parental leave pay, currently £139.58 a week or 90pc of average weekly earnings, whichever is lower, with a nominated working grandparent.

Adam Marshall, executive director of the British Chambers of Commerce, said: “Another change to parental leave policy is the last thing businesses need after a decade of upheaval.”

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