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Labour to double paid paternity leave to four weeks

A future Labour government would double the amount of paid paternity leave available to new fathers from two to four weeks, Ed Miliband has announced.

The Labour leader has also pledged to increase statutory paternity pay by more than £120 a week to £260 a week, paid for by savings in tax credits.

Some business leaders have said the £150m move amounts to a business "tax".

Ed Miliband said the decision would help parents "balance work and family life", improving productivity and helping the economy in turn.

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