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Childcare fees have risen three times faster than wages since 2008

Working parents with children under five have seen nursery fees rise three times faster than their wages over the past decade, according to new TUC analysis recently published. The analysis shows that childcare costs have rocketed by 52% per week since 2008 for families with a full-time and a part-time working parent.

Contributor: Frances O'Grady | Published: 6 September 2018

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New fathers still not supported by employers

 “We fully agree that fathers do not currently get enough support from their employers to take on a greater share of caring responsibilities. Too often they are restricted from doing so by unhelpful gender stereotypes and the image of the idealised worker, completely devoted to his (full-time) job and unencumbered by family responsibilities".

Contributor: Chloe Chambraud | Published: 23 March 2018

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Working dads failed by workplace policies – MPs call for reform

The Government must reform workplace policies to ensure they meet the needs of the 21st century family and to better support working dads in caring for their children, say MPs. A new report from the Women and Equalities Committee finds that current policies supporting fathers in the workplace do not deliver what they promise, despite good intentions and this is particularly the case for less well-off fathers.

Contributor: Maria Miller | Published: 21 March 2018

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Government surprises employers with u-turn on childcare policy

The Government’s surprise decision to extend the salary sacrifice childcare voucher scheme (CCV) for a further six months should be welcomed by employees, but causes complexities for employers who have already initiated the changes. Article Jeff Fox, Principal - Aon Employee Benefits.

Contributor: Jeff Fox | Published: 19 March 2018

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Balancing childcare with work hitting parent wellbeing hard

In a study of 1,123 workers by Willis Towers Watson, only 27 percent of workers said their employer currently offers childcare support or benefits. Furthermore, a third said their employers fails to pay maternity or paternity leave above the statutory minimum.

Contributor: | Published: 3 October 2017