I was invited to attend a BBC Big Debate Election Special on the BBC Asian Network Radio (hosted by Qasa Alom) on Thursday 5th Dec. The following individuals were on the panel (I just about made the panel picture!)
Alok Sharma, Conservatives – Secretary of State for International Development (Candidate for Reading West)
Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi, Labour – (Candidate for Slough)
Chuka Umunna, Liberal Democrats – Shadow Foreign Secretary (Candidate for Cities of London & Westminster)
Kirsty Blackman, SNP – Deputy Westminster Leader and SNP spokesperson for the Economy (Candidate for Aberdeen North)
There were questions asked from the audience to the panel covering Brexit (no surprise), Terrorism, Racism and Immigration. There was supposed to be a section on Economy but time ran out and I couldn’t formally get my question in (I did put this across offline). This is what I had ready to ask the panel
Like many, I’m a working dad and want to be a hands on father but there needs to be more focus on real impactful change for working parents on childcare, paternity leave and flexible working. For example shared parental leave which was introduced in 2015 by the coalition government has had a dismal uptake of 2% because when you look at the detail it is not financially viable for parents.
All parties show in their manifestos there is broad agreement that more needs to be done on childcare, paternity leave and flexible working.
Which party can tell me they are not in consultation phase but actually in implementation phase to get real tangible support for working parents?