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Paternity Pay

Key Points

  • Statutory paternity pay is a contributory benefit; only those who have made sufficient Class 1 NICs are eligible to receive it.
  • Up to 2 weeks of ordinary paternity pay is available.

  • Additional Paternity Pay is abolished and replaced by Shared Parental Pay for children born on or after 5 April 2015.

  • Ordinary paternity pay is renamed “statutory paternity pay” from 5 April 2015. 


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