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More and more grandparents are juggling looking after grandchildren with going out to work.

Grandparents play a vital role in providing childcare. Nearly two-thirds of all grandparents are regularly looking after grandchildren aged under 16.

This can be a difficult balancing act. Most grandparents have very few, if any, rights at work when they need time off to care for their grandchildren.

The charity Grandparents Plus estimate that nearly two million grandparents have reduced their hours, given up a job, or taken time off to care for a grandchild.

Lack of support at work means that for many grandparents balancing work and caring for grandchildren is difficult, sometimes impossible. Usdaw thinks grandparents deserve better.

I support Usdaw’s campaign for better rights at work for grandparents in particular a right to:
 
  • Have their caring commitments taken into consideration when hours of work are being changed.
  • Adjustment leave to give working grandparents time to deal with a family crisis without losing their job.
  • A period of grandparent leave that can be taken flexibly for instance after the birth of a new baby or when a grandchild is sick.
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