Just 1% of British parents who were eligible to take parental leave in 2018 did so (Huffington Post, 4/5/19). That’s according to data from the Trades Union Congress (TUC).
A new study indicated that only 9,200 new parents took up the shared leave in 2018 – just 1% of those eligible to it.
If this were an election, parental leave lost – big. People “voted with their feet” and either remained at work or weren’t there to begin with and therefore didn’t need leave to care for their newborn.
So, are British parents simply unconcerned with their kids, or is something else at work?