Grandparental leave – pros and cons

The Chancellor has announced that from 2018, under the shared parental leave (SPL) scheme, grandparents will be able to share up to 50 weeks’ leave with their child in order to care for their grandchildren in the first year after birth or placement for adoption. What will such a development mean for families, and when might it be used?

The government says there are 2 million grandparents who have stopped work, reduced their hours or taken time off to provide crucial care for their grandchildren…