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"Granny leave" under consideration

As the school summer holidays approach, the annual juggle of all juggles looms large for many parents. Childcare over the six or more weeks of children’s time off is rarely a one-person job. And grandparents are prime sources of support.

Things could be set to change for the better for families, with indications that the government may look at Labour’s plans for introducing parental leave entitlements for working grandparents, dubbed “granny leave”. Under the proposals, parents’ 18 weeks of unpaid parental leave, or four weeks in any year, could be shared with their own parents. 

David Cameron has said that he’ll consider this because of his government’s championing of the right to request flexible working. So watch this space…