In my capacity as Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Fatherhood I have coordinated a joint letter from almost 50 cross-party MP's calling on the Government to improve existing Shared Parental Leave policy. You can read more here in reports covering the letter by The Guardian, The Independent and City AM.
It is blindingly obvious that we won’t see progress on gender equality both in and out of the workplace and we won’t see progress on active fatherhood until we have effective policies on shared parental leave in place.
The evidence is clear – fathers want to be more engaged, they want to spend more time with their children and they want to share the burden of parenthood equally but they are worried that this will mean that they lose out at work and that their employer will penalise them.
The inquiry currently being undertaken by the Women and Equalities Committee is an opportunity to drive real change in working cultures and attitudes and I am delighted that so many Members of Parliament from across a range of political parties have supported this call for a shared parental leave policy that reflects the realities of the modern world.
You can read the letter in full below: