Shared parental leave announcement
Recognising that many grandparents take on responsibility for part of the care of their grandchildren, the Chancellor has announced that the Shared Parental Leave Regulations 2014 are to be broadened to include working grandparents.
The change follows the disclosure that up to two million grandparents have made amendments to their patterns of work in order to help out their families who cannot afford childcare.
The proposal reflects the way society is changing, with many couples having to work when their children are very young and their parents working to a later age because they cannot afford to retire.
In addition, there is a trend for couples to have children later in life.
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