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Extending Maternity Leave: Letter to MPs

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{Subject Box} 👉🏼 [Your Name, Postcode, Extend Maternity Petition Covid-19 (Excluded UK, APPG)]

Dear [MP],

My name is [insert your name]. I live [Add your location of address] and you are my local MP.

I have a [insert month] baby. I’m one of the thousands of new Mums and Parents who have found it extremely hard on Maternity/ Parental Leave.

{Add a couple of lines with a little heartfelt story to win your MP’s compassion to why your findings Maternity hard…}

We have been overlooked and not thought about by the Government at all!

Over 234,000 have signed a Petition to “Extend maternity leave by 3 months with pay in light of COVID-19”. https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/306691 along side; http://chng.it/k6hNvXf2 that has over 34,000 signatures. We have been excluded with no Covid-19 support package.

We are asking for the Government to extend SMP, MA and Adoption Leave from 39-52 weeks to aid to the zero support we have missed with protected Leave. Along with extending neonatal care. 

MP Catherine Mckinnell and the Petitions Committee have supported us since April and have written up a report for a Government URGENT response that was dated 06.07.2020! Please take a look at the report supported by Maternity Action, Pregnant then Screwed and Happity, alongside other organisations.

You will read the backed up argument to the Governments first response to the 10,000 signatures, that actually the UK isn’t the best in the world for its Maternity package. By UNICEF we are ranked 34 out of 41 counties. Along with the Governments current answer isn’t reflecting to us in a pandemic. 
Read a summary of the report and recommendations; https://houseofcommons.shorthandstories.com/how-has-maternity-and-parental-leave-been-impacted-by-coronavirus-/index.html
Full Report;https://publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm5801/cmselect/cmpetitions/526/526.pdf

Whilst the UK Parliament Petition Report is at No.10 waiting for a response. The changeorg petition was submitted by Campaigner Bethany Power to the Treasury on 15.07.2020, via MP‘S Caroline Lucas, Jamie Stone, Tracy Brabin, Liz Saville Roberts, Matt Western and Christine Jardin. Along with the support of Martin Lewis. On 10.07.2020 Boris Johnson received a Maternity Leave question on PMQ, he promised he would look at the Maternity Leave Petition report; https://drive.google.com/file/d/1yns6xwGwzijXFp6UsLE_Hm4QKp-bvX3S/view?usp=drivesdk.

On 22.07.2020 Boris Johnson was questioned in PMQ again by MP Gavin Robinson about the Petition and Maternity Leave, giving another response he will look into the petition again. https://drive.google.com/file/d/1r88o5qv0V4Xh_33Cx8VZ_jUdaRIW-jE1/view?usp=drivesdk .

I am still holding him to his promise! 

Since March 2020, we have currently gone 4 months with no help for us and our young babies. No access to Health Vistor clinics, Mental Health support, Nurseries, Dental care or family support. We have missed every support to what we would normally get on Maternity Leave. The Government guidelines for new parents with young babies are very poor! To why me as a Mum are facing employment discrimination and financial difficulties. For one we can’t be furloughed! We can’t find safe childcare for our under 1 year old babies due to Covid-19 risk. Due to Covid-19 I have found it extremely hard as a new Mum mentally and physically. 

MP Jamie Stone is supporting us massively as we are part of the Excluded category to no Government support. We have over 280 MP’s from a wide UK Political group supporting us with our campaign by registering onto our APPG. Can you show your support by emailing Jamie Stone; [email protected]
As my MP can I ask you to sign our Extend Maternity Petition COVID-19 EDM; https://edm.parliament.uk/early-day-motion/56967/campaign-to-extend-maternity-leave-by-three-months

I would very much appreciate your name on our EDM as well as registering onto the Excluded UK APPG, with the other MPs. 

Although the petition is open for the Government to respond to at any time, especially before the Government deadline of 6th September. I’m very concerned about the amount of time we have this side of summer, especially now Parliament are now in summer recess.

Giving you one example, my own maternity leave started [Add Start Date], my SMP of 39 weeks ends [Add End Date]. If a decision by the Government is made after summer recess (‪from the 1st September‬), it will exempt many of the 234,000 of any support, like myself, due to the Government’s prolong response! This is no fault to us and our babies! I’m disappointed we are neglected. It has already been too late for many Mums financially on unpaid leave or have had to return back to work. It’s already been too late for maternal mental health and infant mental health, especially if they don’t act this side of summer. Many are faced with employment discriminations with redundancy, unable to be furloughed or no means to return back to work at flexible working, making the Mum or Parent quit her job. Please help me and my family! 

Please can you do anything in your control to support me and the thousands of Mums, Parents & Babies. Me and my baby are desperate for help! 

Kind Regards,

[Your Name][Post Code]

Mum of one, co-founder of Happity, mental health advocate

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