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Rise in number of women wrongly denied maternity pay since Covid, charity warns

By Maya Oppenheim


Exclusive: Enquiries to pregnancy advice line rises by 28% since pandemic

Rising numbers of pregnant women and new mothers are being denied their maternity pay entitlement in the wake of the pandemic, new figures show.

Maternity Action, a pregnancy charity, says it has recovered more than £1m for women subjected to pay discrimination, but is warning that many more expectant and new mothers are losing out on income.

Campaigners blamed the problem on the government’s “woeful” inability to introduce proper guidance for pregnant women and employers during the Covid crisis.


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