A third of Brits say parental leave should be evenly shared, but around half still think it’s best that mothers do most of the childcare
Against a suite of government policies designed to enable parents to share childcare responsibilities more equally such as Shared Parental Leave, the British Social Attitudes Survey finds that 51% of people think the best option for a family with a pre-schooler is for the mother to do most of the childcare, despite 34% saying that parental leave should be evenly split between parentsi. In 2012, just 22% favoured the fifty-fifty split option.
Majority of childcare providers offer 30 hours free entitlement but regional disparities exist
The majority of childcare providers in England are offering 30 hours of free childcare, but there are clear differences in offering and delivery of the hours by provider type and by region. The first nationally representative study of early years and childcare providers, following the national rollout of the government policy in September 2017, reveals differences in how providers in different regions engage with the policy. It also finds that a third of school nurseries and just under a quarter of childminders are not offering 30 hours.
British public unhappy about Brexit negotiations, with Leavers and Remainers equally critical
New data from the National Centre for Social Research (NatCen) reveals significant shifts in attitudes to the government’s handling of the Brexit negotiation process. Only 7% of Brits think that the UK government has been handling the negotiations well. 80% of Leave voters and 85% of Remain voters believe the government is handling Britain’s exit badly.
Funding secured for fourth wave of the internationally-renowned National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles
The National Survey of Sexual Attitudes and Lifestyles begins its fourth study on sexual health and well-being in Britain, led by researchers from UCL in collaboration with the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, the University of Glasgow, and NatCen Social Research.
Almost half of us mistakenly believe that common law marriage exists
Almost half of people in England and Wales mistakenly believe that unmarried couples who live together have a common law marriage and enjoy the same rights as couples that are legally married.