The Department for Work and Pensions has confirmed its proposed rates for family-friendly leave: statutory maternity, paternity, adoption and shared parental payments from April 2019.

The rates for 2019/20 will increase from £145.18 to £148.68 per week.

The average earnings an employee has to earn to receive these payments will also increase –  from £116 to £118 per week.

These family-friendly payments usually increase from the first Sunday in April (set to be 7 April in 2019).

You can read more about the rights of working parents here.