Stop self-employed mums getting a raw deal, and bag yourself a free health check


 

Self-employed new mums are suffering in silence, and we need your help to stop it, London Mums. We need your help with a quick survey and we will enter you in a prize draw to win a free heath check.

 


What it’s all about


A group of GPs have launched a campaign for fairer maternity pay for self-employed mothers, after witnessing first-hand the ‘silent suffering’ that exists in terms of mental health, behind closed doors during the first six weeks of becoming a mum who runs a business.



 

free health check



 

To raise awareness of the campaign, and to petition government for positive change, we’d love you to complete this 4-minute survey http://bit.ly/surveymums it’ll help the doctors involved to reveal the size of the problem for the first time. The petition for everyone to sign (whether self-employed or not) is also here: www.gpdq.co.uk/empowering-self-employed-mums/. If you’re not self-employed, please send a link to this article to anyone you know who is.

 

 

Everyone who completes the survey will be entered into a prize-draw – one lucky winner will receive a free health check, including a full health review worth £100 in the comfort of their own home, courtesy of GPDQ the doctor-on-demand app. See below for more details.

 



A bit of background



In the UK, self-employed women receive less maternity pay than their employed equivalents. They receive the same government (state) maternity allowance as people who are employed by a company, however, they do not receive the first 6 weeks of 90% of their annual weekly salary, as employed people do.

 

The impact of this lack of income during such a crucial time sets self-employed new mums up to fail, with many admitting to considering closing their business or being too embarrassed to ask for help for fear of admitting defeat. Too many are suffering in silence as they try to work through the issues.

 

This situation is also a deterrent to starting a business, for females of child-bearing age – In 2015, 126,000 businesses were created by women – down from the 139,000 in 2013.

 



Campaign for equality in maternity pay

 



The ‘Six Week Support’ campaign will lobby government for the equivalent financial support that an employed new mum receives, for self-employed mums during the first six weeks after having a baby. This financial support will make it more possible for mums to take time out of the business, to enjoy their new child, if only for a short time, before returning to full-time work.

 



This campaign aims to apply pressure on the government to review their maternity pay policy, as already requested by the Federation of Small Businesses who asked, as a result of their self-employed report: http://bit.ly/FSBREPORT for government ‘to address the discrepancies between the self-employed and employees in the social security system’.

 



If you’d like to get behind the campaign aside from completing the survey and spreading the word get in touch with the lead campaigner Lisa Malyon at lisa@sensecommunications.co.uk or call her any time on 07525204402.

 

 

 

About GPDQ www.gpdq.co.uk

 

 



GPDQ is the UK’s first doctor-on-demand app, that connects its users (patients) directly with a local NHS GP who will visit them within hours at a location of the patient’s choice, may it be their home, workplace or a hotel if they are travelling from abroad. It’s loved by parents, who are looking for a second-opinion, or that extra reassurance relating to their little ones’.

 

 

GPDQ has hundreds of fantastic GPs available from 8am until 11pm, 7 days a week. GPDQ is registered with the Care Quality Commission.

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Facebook Comments