Public services ‘don’t fit family life’

The majority of people do not feel that public services are not flexible or accessible enough to fit in with modern family life, according to new figures released by the Family Commission.

The majority of people do not feel that public services are not flexible or accessible enough to fit in with modern family life, according to new figures released by the Family Commission.
The Commission’s interim findings include new figures from an online YouGov poll which show that families feel key public services are not ‘family friendly’.
Specifically, 3% thought job centres were family friendly, 8% said local councils met family needs, 27% said the same for childcare, 30% for hospitals, 40% for GP surgeries and 45% said schools fit with modern family needs. Some 17% said none of the listed services were family friendly.
They were asked how the services could be improved and 65% wanted more evening and weekend opening hours , 51% voted for making accessing services less complicated, 43% wanted more activities for children after school, 42% wanted people available to give help and advice when needed and 23% wanted the services to be more welcoming to dads. Only 19% wanted to have more input into how services were run.
The survey also showed that some 81% of respondents thought politicians did not understand the reality of their family life. 
The findings are being released as The Family Commission passes its mid-way point in its 18 month inquiry into family life in Britain.
Esther Rantzen CBE, Chair of the Family Commission said: There are some heart-searching questions to be answered by politicians, and by professionals working with families. Why are politicians felt to be out of touch with the reality of family life? Why aren’t schools, GP’s and hospitals more family friendly? Why aren’t services accessible at times when parents can use them, in a form parents can understand? If we are to provide the support families need, we must tackle the questions posed by our survey results. Because at the moment, as a society, we are clearly not putting children first.”





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