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Nearly half of dads won’t use new paternity rights

Concerns about their careers will prevent four in ten dads taking advantage of new parental leave laws

Posted: 29 March 2011
by Liz trotter
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Over 40% of dads-to-be won’t be taking extra time off under the coalition’s changes to maternity and paternity leave laws, according to a new survey. Despite being able to take up to six months off if their partner returns to work, many men are concerned about harming their careers or do not believe they could realistically take that much time off.

Though dads-to-be welcome the changes that come into effect on April 3, the uSwitch.com survey of 1,000 men found that those who would not be taking the extra time would turn it down for financial reasons.

“The Government may have recognized that fathers today are a lot more hands-on than they may have been in the past, but putting legislation in to support this is only part of the battle. The biggest fight will be to change social opinion, fears and prejudices and this is not going to happen overnight,” said Ann Robinson, from uSwitch.com.

Most of the men who felt they could not afford to take paternity leave, said they would simply take holiday when their baby was born. But over two thirds complained that the time they had off after the birth of a previous child was not long enough.

“Sadly, the financial realities of modern life will prevent many men from being the hands-on fathers they would like to be,” added Ann.

Will your family be taking advantage in the changes to parental leave?


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