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  • Why we need to shout about improving the rights of parents with disabled children

    We have to value the work that carers do. We have to invest in care. It’s not just the right thing to do, it’s the only financially responsible thing to do. Care is a vital motor for economic growth and productivity. People who care have valuable skills: empathy, patience, creativity. And when we talk about childcare we have to understand that includes the care of children with additional needs and disabilities. It is not good enough to expect parents to struggle alone for years.

  • Shared Parental Leave in the UK: is it working? Lessons from other countries

    This week marks two years since the introduction of Shared Parental Leave (SPL). Hailed as a flagship policy, which gives parents more choice around balancing work and care, SPL has been praised for allowing fathers to take a longer period of time off work to bond with their baby (Department for Business, Innovation and Skills 2014). Manchester University's Helen Norman and Colette Fagan explore why only a minority of fathers are taking up the scheme.

  • Shared Parental Leave: “I hope I have inspired others to do it”

    As the Shared Parental Leave scheme celebrates its second birthday, father of two Adam Gretton talks about his experience.

  • An afternoon in Westminster: the Working Families policy conference

    By Richard Dunstan, Workflex blog editor Last Tuesday, some 120 policy wonks, campaigners and academics gathered in Portcullis House, Westminster for the second Working Families annual policy conference, kindly hosted by former cabinet minister Maria Miller MP. With the presentation of two new Working Families reports, keynote speeches by MPs from each of the three […]

  • Manifesto 2015: how does Labour measure up?

    In the second of our series of Workflex posts assessing the likely manifesto pledges of the main political parties, Richard Dunstan looks at how Labour Party policy measures up against our own 'Families & Work' manifesto for May 2015.

  • Manifesto 2015: how do the Liberal Democrats measure up?

    By Richard Dunstan, Working Families Blog Editor Last week, the Liberal Democrats issued their pre-manifesto for the May 2015 General Election. While the some 300 policy pledges in the pre-manifesto will be debated and voted on by party members at their conference in Glasgow early next month, the 80-page document provides a first opportunity to assess […]

  • One year to go: a ‘families and work’ manifesto for May 2015

    By Richard Dunstan, Policy & Parliamentary Campaigns Officer Previously on this blog, we set out a draft ‘families & work’ manifesto for the General Election in May 2015, with 14 specific policy proposals grouped under four headings: time; equality; money; and childcare infrastructure.  Using feedback on that draft from a wide range of partners, we have […]

  • Making work actually work for all: a ‘families & work’ manifesto for 2015

    By Richard Dunstan, Policy & Parliamentary Campaigns Officer With fewer than 400 days to go until the general election in May 2015, teams of strategists, number-crunchers and policy wonks in each of the main parties will be burning the midnight oil between now and the party conference season in September, when the party manifestos are […]

  • Some good news on childcare. But it’s complicated.

    By Will Hadwen, Legal Adviser in the Working Families helpline team We have noted previously on this blog how childcare costs are soaring as a proportion of family income, making it harder for parents to see the benefit of extra hours of work. Well, there’s some good news. But it’s complicated. In the recent Budget, […]

  • Mind the gap: the national shortfall in childcare supply

    By Richard Dunstan, Policy & Parliamentary Campaigns Officer In recent months, barely a week has gone by without the announcement of new research or survey findings on the ever-rising cost of childcare. In January, it was Mumsnet and the Resolution Foundation, with joint research revealing that the high cost of childcare is a barrier to work […]