Working grandparents will be entitled to shared parental leave and pay

The Chancellor, George Osborne, has announced he will extend shared parental leave and pay to working grandparents.

The new system will help support working families, as the government recognises the crucial role grandparents play in providing childcare.

Evidence suggests that nearly 2 million grandparents have given up work, reduced their hours or taken time off to help cut down childcare costs.

More than half of mothers rely on grandparents for childcare when they first go back to work after maternity leave.

The government intends to bring the extension of shared parental leave and pay to working grandparents into force by 2018.

Source: HM Treasury (5th October 2015).

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