Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

Brookes' leading academic challenges government proposals

Wednesday, 21 November 2012

Tina Miller, Professor of Sociology along with the UK’s leading experts on parental leave submitted an open letter to the Guardian detailing their disappointment at the government’s proposed changes to parental leave entitlements, suggesting that much more needs to be done to address the inflexibility in leave that mothers and fathers are entitled to. The letter was submitted to the Guardian on 12 November and can be read on guardian.co.uk and was printed on p41 of the main section on Thursday 15 November. This letter comes from many senior academics in the field, the Fatherhood Institute and others in response to proposed plans from Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg. The government’s proposed flexible hours plans will “stop British women being ‘locked out of the workplace’ and boost GDP.