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http://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/MEPs-vote-to-boost-maternity.6592113.jp

The European Parliament is trying to extend maternity pay rules to cover all the community on a common basis.

Allegedly, will cost the UK another 2.5 billion.

Good idea, we need plenty of kids to grow up into taxpayers and workers in our vibrant private sector.

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http://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/MEPs-vote-to-boost-maternity.6592113.jp

The European Parliament is trying to extend maternity pay rules to cover all the community on a common basis.

Allegedly, will cost the UK another 2.5 billion.

Good idea, we need plenty of kids to grow up into taxpayers and workers in our vibrant private sector.

Good grief! What are these people smoking, and where can I get some?

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France and the Scandinavian nations have 2 year maternity leave. And it really has helped increase their birthrates. France has a fertility rate of 1.89 children per woman over her lifetime. While Germany only 1.36.

The conservative opponents point to the cost on business, and I think this is a good point, and instead the government should pay for the maternity leave. And make it 100% of their salary in the year before maternity leave.

£2.5 billion is hardly anything.. we printed and spent £175 billion just last year.

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think the more pertinent issue given that the aim is to liberate women,is whehter this will damge their employment prospects?

The BBC trawled out its token woman boss a week ago who always says its a bad thing for business and will be a bad thing for employment of women, I won't employ them she says etc etc.

She's probably right, who in their right mind would employ a 20-40 year old woman if you only have a small workforce.

And where's the equality? Can a father swap and have all that paid time off instead? Presumably that's EUs next step.

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France and the Scandinavian nations have 2 year maternity leave. And it really has helped increase their birthrates.

But note that the rate of children going into care in Sweden is 2.5x that of the UK. They make sure you're capable of supporting the child, or you run the risk of them being taken into forcible care"

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