Women and Equalities Committee

Fathers and the workplace inquiry

Inquiry status: Concluded

The Committee is continuing this inquiry in the 2017 Parliament, taking forward the evidence it received before the General Election.

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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