Part 5 - Members' Parental Leave Scheme
Below is the Members' Parental Leave Scheme.
1.1 This policy sets out members’ entitlement to maternity and adoption leave allowances.
1.2 The objective of the policy is to ensure that members are able to take appropriate leave at the time of the child’s birth or adoption, both parents are able to take leave, and that reasonable and adequate arrangements are in place to provide cover for portfolio-holders and others in receipt of Special Responsibility Allowances (SRA) during any period of leave.
1.3 Improved provision for new parents will contribute towards increasing the diversity of experience, age and background of councillors. It will also assist with retaining experienced councillors, particularly women, and making public office more accessible to individuals who might otherwise feel excluded.