The Work and Families Act 2006 gives the government the power to make regulations introducing the following further changes within the next couple of years:

An extension of SMP to 52 weeks, to mirror the maternity leave entitlement A new right to Additional Paternity Leave of up to 26 weeks, if the mother of the child returns to work before the expiry of her full 52 weeks statutory maternity leave entitlement. Draft regulations are expected this year.