Talking Point: What do you think of the government’s policy for shared parental leave?

WE took to the streets to find out what people thought about the government’s plans to make parental leave more flexible.

Name: Joe Waddle, 51

From: Ipswich

Comment: “My instinct would be to say no, it’s not a good idea.

“Children need routine and to have another person coming in changes that routine and unsettles them.”

Name: Margaret Sadler, 70

From: Ipswich

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Comment: “When I had my children we never went to work. Now these youngsters want so much they have to go to work to pay for it. I suppose it would be a good idea for parents now.”

Name: Sarah Walsh, 16

From: Ipswich

Comment: “I think it’s a good idea.

“If you have an equal relationship, it’s quite good to share the responsibility.

“It’s a good idea, why would you not want to do it?”

Name: Brenda Price, 69

From: Ipswich

Comment: “I suppose it is a good idea, not all mums want to stay at home all the time.

“It’d be a good thing to let the other half know how hard it is.”

Name: David Hender, 64

From: Ipswich

Comment: “I think it’s good, if they can afford it that is.

“It’s not always up to the lady, the husband should be involved in a bigger way, I think that would be a good thing.”

Name: Darren Allsop, 43

From: Colchester

Comment: “My wife is having a baby in February and she’ll get the year off, but I’m self-employed.

I’ll only be able to take two weeks and I won’t get paid for that. I think it’s a good idea, if the business can afford it.”

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