Financial Support and Employment Protection for Parents

Schools and early years childcare providers are an integral part of the fabric of Scottish society. Should they remain closed, or attendance limited this will have an detrimental impact on working families. There should be protections in place and financial support for parents who are unable to work due to caring and educating responsibilities during any period of restriction. An extension of the furlough scheme should remain in place for working families and additional protections in place to protections in place to protect employees from the possibility of redundancy should they be unable to fulfil their contractual obligations.

Why the contribution is important

Scotland needs people to get back to work, and to support economic recovery. However should access to school and early years education be restricted or limited in any way, young families will be adversely affected as they will be unable to return to work (part time or full time). It would be unfair for parents to be essentially penalised for following government guidelines. Providing a safety net for families would provide comfort for during Scotland's response to Covid-19.

by niamhmaynard on May 05, 2020 at 08:34PM

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  • Posted by Pandamamma May 05, 2020 at 21:43

    I agree 100%! As someone who was placed on furlough as my employer was concerned about my ability to do my work (from home) in appropriate working hours and provide full time childcare to a 2 year old that requires very hands on care I am concerned should the economy start turning and support not be provided to families whose childcare support has been removed either fully or even only partly then we would be unfairly penalised by employers for a childcare situation which is ultimately out of our hands.
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