The Family and Childcare Trust has published its 2014 Family Friendly Report Card, and there’s room for improvement.
It takes a close look at how well families are supported by the Government and is “the only annual assessment of how family friendly the UK is”. It includes factors such as:
- financial resources
- work-life balance
- essential services for families and children
- family-friendly infrastructure: housing, transport, childcare.
The new research, produced with help from Netmums, says that families would give the Government a grade “C” for being family friendly based on key factors that impact on family life.
4Children Chief Executive Anne Longfield OBE said: “A YouGov poll conducted on behalf of 4Children found that 44% of parents felt Britain’s services for families need to be dramatically changed. And only 28% parents thought that childcare services were ‘family friendly’.
“It is clear that all parties bidding to secure the family vote need to put a guarantee of affordable childcare and a commitment to redesigning services at the heart of any manifesto to make Britain great for children and families.”
The Report Card can be found on the Family and Childcare Trust website.
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