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Weathering the Storm: the COVID-19 pandemic and working parents

The sweeping public health safeguards introduced in March 2020 to limit the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic have been necessary. But these safeguards – in particular closing schools and childcare settings – have brought a host of knock-on effects for working parents. Estimates indicate that one in seven UK workers could have to make changes to their working arrangements to provide childcare.

This year’s Legal Advice Service report explores the issues still facing the working parents getting in touch with us about COVID-19, and simple ways the government and UK employers could go further to support them to stay in work and help ensure they don’t lose out financially.


Working Families would like to acknowledge the generous funding of Matrix Chambers in producing this report.


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