Date lodged: 15 November 2018
To ask the Scottish Government what assessment it has made of the support with (a) pregnancy and maternity and (b) childcare for women researching for PhDs.
Answered by: Richard Lochhead 29 November 2018
Maternity benefits (Statutory Maternity Pay and Maternity Allowance) remain a reserved matter for the UK Government, however, students may receive either of these providing they meet the standard eligibility criteria. The Scottish Government provide free healthcare support for pregnancy through the NHS. All 3 and 4 year old children, and eligible 2 year olds, are entitled to 600 hours per year of funded early learning and childcare currently – the Scottish Government is committed to almost doubling this entitlement, to 1140 hours per year for these children, from 2020. The Scottish Government has conducted no assessments on the support available specifically for PhD students.