Police branches welcome new maternity support

Chief constables in Norfolk and Suffolk agree to increase maternity support leave by a third

Suffolk and Norfolk UNISON police branches are celebrating a victory, after chief officers agreed to increase the amount of maternity support leave for officers and staff.

The chief constables agreed to increase special leave for new parents by one week – in addition to the previous arrangement for two weeks – and the new policy has been backdated to 31 October 2019.

Suffolk and Norfolk UNISON branch secretaries Mark Trask and Caren Reeves welcomed the news.

In a joint statement, they said: “Once again, Norfolk and Suffolk chief constables stride ahead for staff welfare by agreeing to increase maternity support leave by a third and allowing this to be backdated.”