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Maternity leave: Cost of living crisis highlights need for support

As inflation in the UK reaches a 40 year high of 9%, the spending power of those on maternity leave has reduced dramatically. Statutory maternity pay has already risen this year, but there is little prospect of it being further increased sufficiently to match inflation.

The British Chambers of Commerce has also recently warned that there is a “real chance” of the UK going into recession later this year, which could impact the employment prospects of many on maternity leave. Experience during previous downturns sadly suggests that women on maternity leave are made redundant disproportionately at times of economic pressure.

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