In a statement to Parliament, Yvette Cooper, the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions, proposed that the earnings threshold for statutory adoption, maternity, paternity and sick pay would rise from £95.00 to £97.00 per week.

Statutory adoption, maternity and paternity pay and maternity allowance will all rise from £123.06 to £124.88, but statutory sick pay will remain at £79.15.

It is expected that these changes will come into effect in April 2010.