Working parents 'need more government support'

09-02-2007

Working parents 'need more government support'
Politicians are failing to address the huge scale of social change in the UK, a report has claimed.

According to the Equal Opportunities Commission, families feel that they are getting insufficient support from the government to help them balance their working and home lives.

Two out of three respondents said that the traditional family, where the male is the breadwinner and the female stays at home, no longer applies in today's society, and a similar proportion claimed that balancing work with family duties will become even harder over the coming ten years.

Chairwoman Jenny Watson was due to tell a conference in London today that the social revolution was "unfinished".

"Family life has changed dramatically in the last generation and three out of four people say it should be as easy for men to take time off for caring responsibilities as it is for women," she was expected to say.

"Far more mothers are in the workplace while fathers want to be hands-on dads."

Ms Watson insists that men and women should be given more opportunities to make their own decisions as to how to share caring responsibilities.

However, deputy women's minister Meg Munn told the Press Association that "no government has done more to support families".

"We have extended the paid period of paid maternity leave, given new rights to fathers and given all parents with children under six the right to require employers to consider requests to work flexibly," she noted.

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