Plan to give enhanced maternity leave to top ministers sparks calls for wider reforms

Unions and others say UK parental leave provision is inadequate and discriminatory and needs to change

The government has been accused of ignoring the plight of millions of parents struggling with “inadequate” parental leave policies, while finding solutions for its own ministers.

Trade unions, campaigners and business leaders have called for a “radical overhaul” of parenting policy in the UK, arguing that current parental leave provision is discriminatory and fails to help the poorest in society.

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