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UK government supports bereavement leave

25 July 2017

The UK government recently announced that it will support a Bill to introduce a legal right to bereavement leave for parents whose child has passed away.

Together for Short Lives has been campaigning for the UK government to introduce a legal right to bereavement leave for parents whose child has passed away. The Bill will seek to ensure that grieving parents who are employed are guaranteed paid leave to grieve.  At present it is entirely at the discretion of employers as to whether parents are given time off to grieve and plan for their child’s funeral.

Together for Short Lives has raised this issue to parliamentarians from the House of Commons and House of Lords and has called for all parties to include parental bereavement leave in their manifestos for the 2017 general election.

Shaun Walsh, Director of External Relations at Together for Short Lives said, “We are delighted that the government supports this crucial Bill, which will support parents as they come to terms with the heart-breaking moment when their child dies.

Together for Short Lives has been calling on the government to introduce this policy, which will help to support families during this incredibly distressing time. Coming to terms with a child’s death is unbearable for parents, siblings and all the family, yet when these families need help the most, there is a void of support.

The present situation is neither fair nor compassionate – it should not be down to the discretion of individual employers as to whether parents should be allowed time off work to grieve for their child and make funeral arrangements.

We look forward to this Bill progressing through Parliament and Together for Short Lives will work with parliamentarians debating the new legislation to make sure that it guarantees enough support for parents as they grieve for the loss of their child.” Click here to read the full article.

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