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The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) announced this week new paternity pay rates for April 2010. But the DWP's announcement was whispered so quietly many UK SMEs risk remaining unaware of the changes.

Steven Tucker, director of The Payroll Site, can't believe the government is so poor at promoting their own positive paternity pay news. "This will be really welcomed for many employees. But the actual announcement was buried on page 13 on an attachment to a press release about pensions. I mean, why bother?"

Standard rates for Statutory Maternity Pay (SMP), Statutory Paternity Pay (SPP) and Statutory Adoption Pay (SAP) now increase from £123.06 per week to £124.88 from 4 April 2010 (though Statutory Sick Pay will remain at £79.15 per week).

There’s good news for parents hidden in this announcement too says Tucker. "Their statutory paternity pay increases, despite official RPI September inflation being -1.4%."

Meanwhile The Payroll Site's own SME clients don't have to worry about keeping up with the latest statutory pay changes Tucker says. "We update our system as soon as government changes are announced on statutory pay, tax and NIC Issues. That way when our customer generates a payslip on our site, they always know it’s correct."


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