Tags: working families

In-work poverty will still affect over 3 million children

The Social Mobility and Child Poverty (SMCP) Commission finds that 3.5 million children will be in absolute poverty – almost 5 times the number needed to meet the government’s legal obligation to end child poverty by 2020 – and that the government lacks any credible plan to get back on track. The Commission concludes that the…

15 million working age adults living on ‘knife edge’ with no savings at all

Millions of working families with children in the UK could not pay their rent or mortgage for more than a month if they lost their job, new figures from Shelter reveal. The YouGov survey of working adults who pay rent or a mortgage found that with little or no savings to fall back on, 3.8…

Kim Wager (BIS): Shared parental leave and pay

What do parents currently get, and why are we changing it? From April next year, the Coalition Government will deliver on its pledge to encourage shared parenting by introducing a new entitlement to shared parental leave for working parents. The new system will enable an eligible woman to end her maternity leave and pay early…

What is the impact of shared parental leave?

The Government has recently confirmed its plans to introduce a new system of  ´shared parental leave´, to allow mothers and fathers more flexibility in sharing parental responsibilities following the birth or adoption of a child. It has long been established that female employees have a right to take up to 52 weeks’ maternity leave –…

Parental leave bill is “well-deserved recognition of fathers rights”

Working mums and dads have learnt how the new system of shared parental leave will work for them and their employers, in an announcement by the Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg. In February, the government invited views on how the system for shared parental leave and pay should operate. The consultation looked at how the new…

Government consults on tax-free childcare scheme

A consultation giving more detail on its Tax-free Childcare scheme has been published by the government, who are now asking parents for their views on how one of the biggest government programmes to help working families with childcare costs should be run. The consultation sets out new detail on eligibility for the scheme, including stating that…

Campaign launched to support staff with disabled children

Working Families have  launched a new campaign to help parents of disabled children find work and stay in employment. The campaign, ‘working On’, calls for changes from the Government, local authorities, employers and support services to help parents of disabled children to combine work and care. Commenting on the campaign, Sarah Jackson, Chief Executive of…