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Lib Dems offer "father's month" of paid parental leave for new dads

May 12, 2017 10:11 AM

meeting parentsThe Liberal Democrats will introduce an additional month of paid parental leave for fathers to encourage greater sharing of parental responsibilities.

The policy will build on the party's achievement of introducing Shared Parental Leave which ensured new parents could make decisions which work best for their family.

Many fathers would prefer to spend more time with their children in the period after they are born. The Liberal Democrats want to make that a real possibility giving opportunities for new fathers to spend quality time with their newborn children.

Tim Farron this morning visited Heron Hill Primary School to talk with parents who were dropping off their children at the school gates.

Tim said: "The Liberal Democrat introduction of Shared Parental Leave was a massive step towards more equal parenting, and recognising the vital role that fathers play. Parents across the UK have already benefitted from greater flexibility and freedom in how they share the care for their new baby.

"But more needs to be done in order to encourage men to take leave when they become a dad, to bond with their child during the early weeks and months of their life. Research shows that fathers being more involved in their children's lives is good for children's development and good for the health and happiness of the whole family.

"That is why the Liberal Democrats want to give dads across the country the chance to spend more time with their children."


Tim meeting parents at Heron Hill Primary School.