Working fathers will be able to play a bigger part in their children's upbringing thanks to new legislation.
Policies unveiled in the Queen's Speech on Wednesday (May 9th) will make it easier for parents to take flexible leave to care for their kids.
Under the new Children and Families Bill, lower-earning fathers can move onto the statutory maternity pay rate if their partners go back to work instead of them after a child is born.
Andrew Watson, author of Down to Earth with a Bump: The Diary of a First-Time Dad, stated his is in favour of any change that gives greater recognition to the role of a father.
"It's time that the legislation caught up with life today and the increasing number of working fathers who would like to be able to spend more time caring for their children," Mr Watson observed.
It comes after the Fatherhood Institute recently called on schools, nurseries and other family learning settings to make it easier for dads to support their children's education.