The cost of childcare in Britain is soaring to such heights that for some parents it’s cheaper to quit their job altogether than continue paying for childcare. If we’re looking for solutions, we may want to look to Spain.
The Spanish Supreme Court is set to decide whether to offer single-parent families double the amount of parental leave.
Spanish parents are currently entitled to 16 weeks of paid leave, which would mean that a child being cared for by two parents could spend the first 32 weeks of their life being cared for by a parent.
- Lack of flexibility in low paid-work means people are having to go part-time, study finds
- 1 in 3 now work from home as more employees demand flexibility
- Meet the mums calling for immediate reform of childcare and flexible working
The question is, does this discriminate against children growing up in single parent households, who can only receive 16 weeks of parental care?
In some regions of the country, such as Catalonia, the Basque Country and Extremadura, single parents have been granted the extra leave, but in others such as Navarra and the Canary Islands, the courts are denying it. So, the Supreme Court has stepped in and will make a national ruling on the issue, The Local ES reports.
“It’s good to see Spain is considering the needs of single parents,” said Victoria Benson, CEO at Gingerbread, the charity for single parent families. “We’d certainly welcome our government paying more attention to [them] when it comes to policy making.”