Better financial support for everyone on maternity/paternity and trying to return to work

Better financial support for everyone on maternity/paternity and trying to return to work

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Holly Frew started this petition to UK Parliament

I believe that the National Statutory Maternity Pay is not a manageable living source of income. There are still many companies that do not top up maternity pay for their own reasons. Alongside this, a lot of the time, people are unable to afford the astronomical prices of childcare with little support from the Government, unless receiving benefits. 

People are left feeling stuck on how to support themselves during maternity and on return to work (if they even get that far). 

Some banks do not provide a maternity mortgage holiday, so we can be penalised for having a mortgage and run the risk of getting into debt if we run out of savings. Babies are expensive! 

This is not a case of, don't have children if you can't afford them. This is about empowering people to achieve their bills being paid, return to work with a positive mind set and continue to be part of the economy, prove to their children how they can earn their way in life, and show themselves that having a child with 6 weeks or 12 months parenting leave, and then working full time, is achievable.

We do not want to go onto benefits unnecessarily, we do not want to quit our jobs or our careers, we do not want to sit at home because we only have 42p in the bank whilst on maternity. We need the whole system to be reviewed, we need a more financially viable maternity/paternity/adoption pay scheme. We need to know we can receive the support from our Government to work if we want to. We need to prove to our children that this nation is good, and that starts as soon as your child is born. Right now, I know I don't feel like that, do you? Signing the petition could help the situation of maternity and childcare fees to be reviewed. Sign it if you're a parent, guardian, main caregiver. Sign it if you have family with children. Sign it if you have a friend who's on maternity or struggling to work out how they'll pay for childcare when they go back to work. Sign it for the single parents with a mortgage and receiving little to no help to pay it. Sign it for the mum who has twins and the dad who can't find work to fit around the children. Sign it for the parent who went to the Doctors last week because they want to go back on their anti-depressants because they don't know how to cope with the worry. Sign it for the ones that are trying every day. Sign it for every child that deserves the best. Sign it for every child that deserves their parent to be happy. Just sign it, because we need change! This Government can help us, we just have to make them do it! 

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