A new government campaign has been launched to encourage more parents to take up shared parental leave (SPL). Accurate figures for the take up of the right to SPL, introduced in 2015, are not readily available but estimates have been as low as 2% of eligible couples. It is thought that a lack of awareness among prospective parents might be one of the factors behind the low take up.

The campaign – ‘share the joy’ – will raise awareness though advertising and social media, as well as a new website to provide detailed information and guidance.

In addition, a Labour MP, Tracy Brabin (Shadow Education Minister) has tabled a parliamentary motion to extend the right to allow self-employed workers to take SPL.