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Cross-party group of MPs call for action from government on improving the low take-up of shared parental leave

A cross-party group of MPs has criticised the government for inaction on improving shared parental leave, two years after the policy was first announced.

Some 46 MPs have signed a letter to the minister for women and equalities, arguing that "as long as women continue to take disproportionate responsibility for the care of children, the gender pay gap will persist".

They want action from the government to improve take-up of the leave. In December, the CIPD found just five per cent of new fathers and eight per cent of new mothers had opted to take shared parental leave since it was introduced in April 2015.

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May 12, 2017

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