New rates of statutory maternity pay and sick pay announced

The Welfare Benefits Uprating Order 2014 has now been published. The Order sets the rates for statutory sick pay and statutory maternity, paternity and adoption pay from April 2014.

The changes that come into force on 6 April 2014 are:

• an increase in statutory sick pay from £86.70 to £87.55, and
• increases in maternity pay, ordinary and additional paternity pay, and adoption pay from £136.78 to £138.18.

For the purpose of calculating maternity allowance, the Order will come into effect on 7 April 2014.