Idea 22: Extend Statutory Maternity Pay to 52 weeks

Hardly an original idea this one, it actually appeared in our 2005 manifesto as a pledge to be delivered by 2010...this can count as a broken New Labour promise.  

The estimated cost is £195million i.e. small change in Government terms even in these straitened times. 

I think we should re-adopt this policy. We can admit our mistake in not putting it into place and put it alongside our excellent 2015 manifesto pledge of doubling the rate and length of paternity pay as well as a commitment to extending year-round universal childcare of 35 hours a week to ages 1-4.

Labour should make sure all voters go into the next election knowing we are the party for new families - a strong commitment on childcare, paternity and maternity pay would help achieve that.