23 May 2023

In 2019, the government opened a consultation called ‘Good Work Plan: Proposals to support families’. A section on parental leave and pay was included, which set out high level options for reforming existing entitlements which could help parents to balance the gender division of parental leave.

The government conveyed that it is committed to making it easier for fathers to take paternity leave. The consultation closed on 29 November 2019 and the government is currently considering responses to the consultation.

Lilian Greenwood, Labour MP for Nottingham South, put a question to the government:

‘‘What recent steps her Department has taken to improve access to paternity leave.’’

In response, Kevin Hollinrake, Conservative MP for Thirsk and Malton answered:

‘‘As set out in the 2019 Manifesto, the Government is committed to making Paternity Leave easier to take.

In 2019 the Government consulted on high-level options for reforming parental leave and pay. We are currently considering responses to the consultation and will respond in due course.’’

View the full question here.

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