Working parents urged to have their say on flexible working

Working parents urged to have their say on flexible working

Do you struggle with childcare in the summer holidays? Have you say in a childcare poll to help the campaign for flexible working.

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Parents who struggle to juggle work and childcare during the school holidays are being urged to have their say to help fight for change.

A summer childcare poll has been created by the TUC, in collaboration with Mother Pukka – real name Anna Whitehouse – which calls for support and understanding from employers and subsidised childcare to make it more affordable for parents.

So far, more than 26,000 people have taken part in the survey – which can be completed in just two minutes – and the organisers want to hear from more working parents to add weight to the campaign – but the poll closes at 6pm on Friday.

Speaking about the lack of support for parents, Anna said:

'What working parents are being expected to do over the summer holidays is a logistically and financially impossible rubrics cube.

'We need support - and at the very least employer understanding.'

Anna has shared the poll on Instagram where she has 306,000 followers, urging working parents to have their say.

'So far 26,123 of you have filled in the @tradesunioncongress survey about the glaring childcare void over the school holidays. It’s in my bio.

'Help us make some more noise so @ukparliament can hear us. Tag your mates facing this.

'Most employers give on average 25 days of holiday. There’s 47 days of holiday over summer to cover. How does that work?

'It’s an impossible task. Throw in oversubscribed summer camps, costly wraparound childcare and employers not wanting to know about childcare issues.

'I can’t hear "you chose to have kids" anymore. This isn’t a hobby or a little side hustle, it’s raising the next generation of employers and employees. We need support.'

'With the six weeks holidays approaching we want to hear from parents about what childcare provision and support is available to you, any challenges you may be facing and the reasons why. 'This quick survey should take no more than five minutes to complete. Your answers are anonymous and confidential.

'It will help us understand the experiences of families, the continued impact of the pandemic, and inform our campaigning around what support families need throughout the summer holidays.'

You can complete the survey here.

The survey is all part of an overall larger campaign called Flex Working which calls for a Flexible Working Bill that requires employers to offer adaptable hours in employment contracts.

Anna and several organisations have campaigned for flexible working rights since 2015.

This week, Tulip Siddiq MP read out the flexible working bill in Parliament, saying a law change is needed to make sure flexible working becomes 'something everyone has a right to.'

Speaking in the Commons MP for Hampstead and Kilburn said:

'We can’t just leave it up to offices to make their own decisions, we’ve got to bring in robust legislation if we actually want to change the culture and if we actually want to bring in some amount of change.'

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