Sup­port is lack­ing

Paisley Daily Express - - News -

A Ren­frew­shire MP has blasted the Gov­ern­ment for not do­ing enough to sup­port par­ents who lose a child.

SNP mem­ber Gavin New­lands crit­i­cised his col­leagues in West­min­ster for fail­ing to main­tain a sys­tem that pro­vides ad­e­quate help.

The MP for Pais­ley and Ren­frew­shire North spoke out on be­reave­ment leave, call­ing for a min­i­mum of two weeks of statu­tory paid leave to be awarded to par­ents who ex­pe­ri­ence the death of a child.

He said: “Shock­ingly, par­ents who lose a child are not pro­vided with any statu­tory leave from their jobs. I wel­come the plans that are in place to in­tro­duce a statu­tory re­quire­ment for paid leave and hope that we can try to de­liver the very best level of sup­port to par­ents who have lost a child.”

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