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Commenting on the family-friendly workplace summit being organised by the Labour party today (25 February), 4Children Chief Executive Anne Longfield OBE, said:
Parents have told us that the biggest thing that would make a difference to their lives would be for more family friendly practices in the workplace. Too many employers have outdated, inflexible working practices which make it impossible for parents to have a good work life balance. 4Children is calling for national politicians from all parties to sign up to a Family Commitment for flexible working for parents; flexible maternity and paternity leave and extra help back into work; and a guarantee of universal childcare for all families – for children aged from 0-14.”
In a recent survey carried out by YouGov for 4Children 29 per cent of parents said they feel that more family friendly practices in the workplace, such as flexible working hours; and 24 per cent of parents said more affordable, flexible and accessible childcare would make the most real, positive difference to their family life.