Policy


Maternity Action works to improve the lives of vulnerable women, babies and families through working to influencing MPs, government ministers and service providers, to improve legislation and services.

Campaigning is a key element of our work. Our campaigns are vital to realise our vision of a fair and just society. We have a particular focus on vulnerable and disadvantaged groups.

All our work is based on rigorous research. We work in close partnership with the people we want to help.  We engage with service providers to identify ways to improve the service they provide.

 

Our campaigns and work

You can browse our latest campaigns and policy work through below list of tags or by type of resource:

Women’s voices on health: addressing barriers to accessing primary care

Maternity Action surveyed 300 women about barriers to accessing primary care and held focus groups with BME women, refugee and asylum seeking women, women living with HIV, LGBT women, and women with learning disabilities. The research more »

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Overdue: a plan of action to tackle pregnancy discrimination now

In 2005, three years before the global financial crisis of late 2008 and subsequent recession, a landmark study by the Equal Opportunities Commission found that half of all pregnant women suffered a related disadvantage at work, and more »

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Government £1m programme to tackle preg discrimination must not weaken rights, says Maternity Action

PRESS RELEASE: EMBARGOED UNTIL 00.01 ON MONDAY 4TH NOVEMBER 2013   Rosalind Bragg, Director of Maternity Action comments on the Governments expected announcement on a £1 million programme to tackle pregnancy discrimination in the workplace. Maria more »

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Children and Family Bill – Shared Parental Leave and related provisions

Maternity Action prepared a Parliamentary briefing on the Shared Parental Leave and related provisions of the Children and Family Bill, and another on on the right to breastfeed on return to work.  Maternity Action also produced more »

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Maternity Action submission to the inquiry into Women in the Workplace – Dec 2012

Maternity Action made a submission to the UK Parliamentary inquiry into Women in the Workplace and called for an investigation into pregnancy discrimination to document the nature and incidence of discrimination following the economic downturn. Download more »

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Autumn statement – cumulative impact on cuts on new mothers

In the 2012 Autumn Statement, the Government announced that Statutory Maternity Pay and Maternity Allowance would be indexed below inflation.  This briefing examines the cumulative impact of cuts and restrictions on maternity benefits and payments over more »

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In sickness and in health and safety risk assessments

Maternity Action has produced a briefing on sickness and health risks at work during pregnancy based on data from the telephone advice service. Download report

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Guidance for commissioning health services for vulnerable migrant women

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Greater expectations – final report of the EOC’s investigation into discrimination against new and expectant mothers in the workplace

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Pregnancy discrimination at work: a survey of women

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