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Today (Thursday 13 September 2018), the new Parental Bereavement Leave and Pay Act has been given the royal stamp of approval which will mean bereaved parents are entitled to two weeks of paid leave after a child dies.

It is the first law of its kind in the UK that will support those affected by the tragedy of childhood mortality and is expected to come into force in 2020.

The new law will give all employed parents the right to two weeks leave if they lose a child under the age of 18, or suffer a stillbirth from 24 weeks of pregnancy.

Steven Wibberley, Chief Executive of Cruse Bereavement Care, said:

“We are delighted that this bill has been approved as it will make a huge difference to bereaved parents whose lives have been shattered by the death of a child.

“It is important that parents are given time to grieve in the aftermath of a child’s death and this bill recognises this.”

For more information, please contact Becky Popperwell, Media and Campaigns Manager at Cruse Bereavement Care by emailing becky.popperwell@cruse.org.uk or calling 020 8939 9539.