CLIC Sargent responds to Parental Bereavement (Pay and Leave) Bill Committee session

On Tuesday 7 February, MPs met to consider the Parental Bereavement (Pay and Leave) Bill, which aims to give those families more time to deal with bereavement. Despite a disappointing result, CLIC Sargent remains supportive of the Bill and the help it will provide grieving parents.

CLIC Sargent responds to Parental Bereavement (Pay and Leave) Bill Committee session

Six amendments had been tabled which would:

  • Ensure bereavement leave is given at full pay
  • Increase flexibility so leave can be taken up to 52 weeks after a child has died Include children over 18 years
  • Give an extra day of leave for the child's funeral 
  • Scrap the current minimum eligibility criteria so parents who are in a new role qualify for leave. 

After being considered by MPs, these amendments were not taken forward.

Clare Laxton, Assistant Director - Policy & Influencing, says:

"While it is disappointing that today a Committee in Parliament rejected amendments CLIC Sargent supported, to the Parental Bereavement (Leave and Pay) Bill, we remain supportive of the Bill and the difference that statutory bereavement leave will make to families who need it.

"Thank you to David Linden MP for tabling the amendments to the Bill – which included an additional day off for their child’s funeral and extending statutory provision of bereavement leave to a parent who has lost a child of any age. We will continue to work to ensure that bereaved parents get the support they need.

"We look forward to responding to the consultation on the Bill’s provisions and will be contacting the Minister to work together on the implementation of the Bill.

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