The Government has published a draft version of the Social Security Benefits Up-rating Order for 2008.

Assuming that the draft Order is approved by Parliament, the prescribed weekly rate of Statutory Maternity Pay (SMP) will go up from £112.75 to £117.18 on 6th April 2008. The same amounts will apply to the weekly rates of Statutory Paternity Pay (SPP) and Statutory Adoption Pay (SAP).

In addition, the weekly rate of Statutory Sick Pay (SSP) will rise from £72.55 to £75.40 from 6th April 2008.

The draft Order is available on the Office of Public Sector Information website (www.opsi.gov.uk)