More than half of all parents believe the most important change
the government could make to support them would be to make flexible
working a right, according to a new poll to mark the start of
The poll for the National Family and Parenting Institute’s
Family Friendly Campaign found that more support for teenagers was
their second priority for government.
In terms of local changes, the most popular was more police on
the street, followed by a 20 mph speed limit in residential
Half the parents in the poll believe that government does not
listen to the needs of parents and children.
NFPI is calling on government to introduce extended, paid
parental leave, the right to flexible working and the removal of
bank holidays from the four-week minimum leave entitlement.
The institute, which was set up by the Home Office in 1999, is
also proposing more affordable, quality childcare, a 20 mph speed
limit in residential areas, and better access to travel for
children and young people.