Self-employed adopters encouraged to contribute to Government review
Published: 08.07.15Adoption UK’s Chief Executive, Hugh Thornbery is urging self-employed adopters to share their views as the Government is currently examining its support for self-employed people.
The Department for Business, Innovation & Skills launched an independent review of self-employment in the UK on 1st July. The review will highlight the contribution self-employed people make to the UK economy and consider how they can be better supported.
In April, changes were made to statutory leave and pay for people expecting a child, both birth parents and adopters. The whole idea was to bring the rights of adoptive parents totally into line with birth parents. It should have been good news for Carolyn Magson and her partner Lloyd who were approved to adopt last October but it wasn’t because they are both self-employed. People who are self-employed do get statutory maternity allowance when they give birth but there is no comparable allowance for self-employed adopters.
Adoption UK’s chief executive Hugh Thornbery was interviewed on Radio 4’s `You & Yours’ in April this year alongside self-employed adopter, Carolyn and explained: “There’s a real anomaly here and we are not sure why. Adopters come from all walks of life and we wouldn’t want this inequity to be a financial barrier which discourages others to come forward. This review is an opportunity for adopters to let Government know their views and hopefully to rectify an unfair situation.”
Mr Thornbery added: “Local authorities do have the ability to make adoption allowance payments but it’s discretional and highly variable. If you’re a birth parent and self employed you get maternity allowance. We are saying the same should apply to adoptive parents.”