Women and Equalities Committee

Fathers and the workplace inquiry

Inquiry status: Concluded

Due to the general election on 8 June 2017 the Committee has now closed this inquiry. Following the dissolution of Parliament on 3 May 2017, all Select Committees cease to exist until after the general election. If an inquiry on this subject is held in the future, the Committee may refer to the evidence already gathered as part of this inquiry.

Scope of the inquiry

The Women and Equalities Committee has launched an inquiry as new research reveals that many fathers do not feel supported in the workplace to care for their children.

The inquiry follows on from the Committee's report on the Gender Pay Gap in March 2016 which found that:

  • Sharing care between fathers and mothers is the key to reducing the Gender Pay Gap
  • Many fathers want to fulfil their caring responsibilities for their children
  • The Government’s flagship policy of Shared Parental Leave, introduced in 2015, is likely to have little impact, with a predicted take-up rate of just 2-8%
Terms of reference: Fathers and the workplace

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