The Liberal Democrats will introduce an additional month of paid parental leave especially for fathers to encourage greater sharing of parental responsibilities.
The policy will build on our achievement of introducing Shared Parental Leave in order to ensure that new parents can make the decisions which work best for their family.
Jo Swinson, who introduced the original Shared Parental Leave in the Coalition Government, said:
“The Liberal Democrat introduction of Shared Parental Leave was a massive step towards more equal parenting, and recognising the vital role that fathers play. Parents across the UK have already benefitted from greater flexibility and freedom in how they share the care for their new baby.
“But more needs to be done in order to encourage men to take leave when they become a dad, to bond with their child during the early weeks and months of their life. Research shows that fathers being more involved in their children's lives is good for children's development and good for the health and happiness of the whole family.
“That is why the Liberal Democrats want to give dads across the country the chance to spend more time with their children.
“A vote for the Liberal Democrats is a vote to change the direction of this country. If you want an open, tolerant and united Britain, this is your chance.”
Manda Rigby, prospective parliamentary candidate for North East Somerset, said:
“Creating a fair system for parents in North East Somerset not only benefits new mums and dads but also helps our business sector.
“Having a workforce that is flexible and motivated will benefit UK businesses and improve the start that our kids have in life.
“Liberal Democrats are standing up for fairness and flexibility for parents. Theresa May has never cared.”