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The government is failing new fathers—time to radically overhaul paternity leave

Policy must catch up with changing gender roles in British households

By Maria Miller  

On the third anniversary of its Shared Parental Leave scheme, the government should be commended for its attempts to spread childcare responsibilities more equally—but further reforms to family friendly policies are still needed.

The Women and Equalities Committee, which I Chair, held a major inquiry into the support that fathers receive at work to help them better fulfil their caring responsibilities and we published our report just before Easter.

We found that fathers increasingly want to play a more active role in looking after their children. The government is clear that fathers should…

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