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Shared parental leave: scrap ‘deeply flawed’ policy, say campaigners

Activists, unions and economists call for fairer system of paid leave for both mothers and fathers

Shared parental leave (SPL) is a “deeply flawed and chronically failing policy” that should be scrapped and replaced with a “use it or lose it” period of paid leave for mothers and fathers, according to campaigners, trade unions and economists.

Six years after the coalition government introduced shared parental leave as a flagship policy to transform gender equality and make life easier for families, take-up remains low.

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