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Flexible working could improve parent-child relations

Government responds to parents' flexible working comments.
Half of all working parents claim that flexible working would improve their relationship with their children, according to new research.

A survey commissioned by the Government Equalities Office found that 53 per cent of parents in the UK feel their work life prevents them from spending enough time with their kids.

Minister for Women and Equality, Harriet Harman, commented: "Families are the framework of our lives and matter not just to individuals but to our communities, the economy, and society as a whole.

"Mothers often tear their hair out trying to balance earning a living with bringing up their children and need more flexibility at work. And fathers want to be able to play a bigger part in bringing up their children."

From April 6th, an additional 4.5 million British parents with children under the age of 16 will now have the right to request flexible working hours.

As a result of the existing working culture in the UK, the research revealed that two thirds of parents admit to feeling apprehensive about requesting to flexible hours, with almost a quarter being concerned that it may hinder their chances of promotion.

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