30,000 new mums in the North East could be hit by David Cameron's £180 "Mummy Tax" from this weekend

Catherine McKinnell Official figures show that there were 30,000 new mums in the North East in 2011, the most recent year for which figures are available.

But from this week, the Tory-led Government is restricting Statutory Maternity Pay to a 1 per cent annual increase, instead of allowing it to rise with inflation. That means new mums in the North East who are in work could lose up to £53.64 in Statutory Maternity Pay this year, and by 2015 new mums will be receiving £180 less than if their entitlement had been uprated using CPI.

Yet at the same time as mums and families are losing out, this week David Cameron is giving 13,000 millionaires a tax cut worth an average £100,000 each, by cutting the 50p top rate of income tax.

Yvette Cooper MP, Labour’s Shadow Minister for Women and Equalities, said:

“New mums are paying a heavy price for David Cameron and George Osborne's economic failure whilst he gives a tax cut to 13,000 millionaires worth an average of £100,000.

"And now Ministers are making it even harder for new mums to stay home with their babies with real terms cuts to their maternity pay too.

"At a time when families across the country are already facing a cost of living crisis this Tory-led Government is making things even worse - giving more to millionaires, taking more from new mums."

Catherine McKinnell MP, Labour MP for Newcastle North said:

"30,000 new mums in the North East this year will want a Government that is on their side. David Cameron promised that he would lead the most family-friendly government ever, but the reality is that he's cutting support for new mums while cutting taxes for millionaires.

"Families shouldn’t have to pay the price of the Tory-led Government’s failed economic policies – and especially not working mums, who already face tough financial pressures when they have a new baby. Real terms cuts to maternity pay for many will be the final straw."

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Notes to editors
 
1.    Instead of being uprated by CPI, in the years 2013/14, 2014/15 and 2015/16, Statutory Maternity Pay (SMP) will be uprated by just 1 per cent – a real terms cut. Figures verified by the House of Commons Library show that, this year, new mums can expect to receive £53.64 less in SMP than if their entitlement had been uprated using CPI.  By 2015, new mums will be receiving £180.11 less in SMP than if SMP had been uprated by CPI in 2013/14, in 2014/15 and in 2015/16.
 
2.    Analysis by the House of Commons Library shows that there were 723,553 births to 716,317 mums in England and Wales in 2011.  In Scotland there were 58,590 births to an estimated 58,004 mums, getting a total number of mums of 774,322.
 
North East constituency breakdown
 
Constituency
Estimated number of mums
   
Berwick-upon-Tweed
573
Bishop Auckland
1,164
Blaydon
923
Blyth Valley
952
City of Durham
868
Darlington
1,174
Easington
1,154
Gateshead
1,231
Hartlepool
1,181
Hexham
570
Houghton and Sunderland South
949
Jarrow
931
Middlesbrough
1,455
Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland
1,110
Newcastle upon Tyne Central
1,388
Newcastle upon Tyne East
919
Newcastle upon Tyne North
1,061
North Durham
989
North Tyneside
1,284
North West Durham
1,014
Redcar
1,093
Sedgefield
700
South Shields
916
Stockton North
1,188
Stockton South
1,220
Sunderland Central
1,203
Tynemouth
1,097
Wansbeck
849
Washington and Sunderland West
1,065
TOTAL IN THE NORTH EAST
30222