Working mums favour shared paternity proposals

The majority of working mums are in favour of new proposals for shared paternity leave, according to a workingmums.co.uk poll.

The majority of working mums are in favour of new proposals for shared paternity leave, according to a workingmums.co.uk poll.
Some 68% of the over 200 mums polled said they favoured shared paternity leave. The Government recently proposed to introduce a shared paternity scheme whereby dads could take over the last three months of a woman’s nine-month maternity leave and be paid £123 a week. They could then have three more months off unpaid.
It said the plans would affect children born after April 2011 to allow employers time to bed them in.
Some 18% of mums polled were against the proposals and 6% were undecided. Among those who said no was a woman who commented that fathers should earn while the mother “has time to recover, bond and nurture”. The aim of the proposals is to encourage fathers to bond better with children from an early age and to encourage greater equality between men and women in terms of childcare.





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