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The number of men taking paternity leave is continuing to fall suggests research. Approximately 31% of eligible new fathers (203,000 men) used paternity leave in the last year* versus 32% (213,000 men) in the previous year.

654,000 women took maternity leave in 2018/19. The numbers suggest that efforts to dramatically increase the use of paternity leave are failing.

The percentage of eligible men taking paternity leave has now fallen for four years in a row having been 34% in 2014/15 (see graph below).

The growing gap between uptake of maternity leave and paternity leave may in part be due to the increasing number and percentage of men in forms of employment that lack the right to paternity pay, such as the ‘gig economy’ and other forms of self-employment.

Data from the ONS shows that men make up 69% of gig economy workers**. Men also make up a large majority of those

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In ZK, R (On the Application Of) v London Borough of Redbridge [2019] EWHC 1450 the High Court has found a local authority’s arrangements for providing specialist support to children with visual impairments to be reasonable, following a challenge by a 12 year old pupil (“the Claimant”.)

The facts

The Claimant (who brought the claim through her mother as her litigation friend) was completely blind and partially deaf as a result of a brain tumour. She held an Education, Health and Care Plan (“EHCP”) which set out her special educational needs and the provision she required whilst attending a mainstream school.

The local authority (in this case, the London Borough of Redbridge) maintained the Claimant’s EHCP and was responsible for ensuring that the provision identified within it was put in place. Part of the provision within the Claimant’s EHCP identified that she should have in-class learning support assistance from a teaching assistant and support from a QTVI teacher (a teacher qualified to teach children and young people with visual impairment). In addition, the EHCP required

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