The Government has announced that the current weekly rate for statutory maternity pay and other parental payments will remain in place next year. This figure is £139.58 or 90% of the employee's average weekly earnings, whichever is lower.
The rate of statutory sick pay will also be frozen at £88.45 per week.
Although there is no statutory requirement to uplift these rates every year, they normally increase each April in line with the consumer price index (CPI). As the CPI fell by 0.1% in the year to September 2015, there will be no increase to the rates in 2016/17.