Submission from the Centre for Social Justice and Steve Double MP to the Women & Equalities Committee inquiry into fathers in the workplace.

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Centre for Social Justice
Centre for Social Justice
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1 February 2017
Families, Poverty Alleviation Welfare Benefits and Financial Inclusion
Social welfare
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This report notes the need to focus on fathers from lower income groups in the debate about parents in the workplace. The authors emphasize the importance of a beneficial work-life balance in enabling fathers to be more closely involved in family life. They comment on a report by the University of Edinburgh demonstrating that paternal involvement can raise a child's chances of escaping poverty by 25%. They also comment on the factors which make it difficult for lower-income fathers to play as great a part as they might wish in their children's upbringing because of shift work and other features of unstable working patterns. They conclude by calling for the Government to help to change the terms of the debate by launching a Review into the impact of low paid work on the ability of fathers to play an active role in the family.

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