A number of Councils have formal or informal arrangements to allow Councillors to take maternity and paternity leave. I was involved in drafting my Council’s policy.
You can view our policy here.
You can view the Manchester Labour Group policy here.
You can also view Camden’s policy online at http://democracy.camden.gov.uk/documents/s51723/PART%206%20Members%20Allowance%20Scheme.pdf.
If your Council has a maternity/paternity policy please do get in touch and share it with me. It would be great to collect and share best practice in this area.