Working dads asked to shape post-Covid future

A new parliamentary committee wants evidence from everyone in an effort to consider the post-Covid world fully and working dads are invited to get involved.

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Working dads are being offered the chance to help shape the post-Covid world.

If you’ve opinions on working from home, or the family experience during lockdown a new parliamentary committee set up to consider the lessons of coronavirus wants to hear from you.

The House of Lords Covid-19 committee was set up last month. It is chaired by dot com entrepreneur Martha Lane-Fox.

Other notable members include former Education Secretary Nicky Morgan and children’s TV presenter Floella Benjamin, now a Lib Dem peer.

It meets for its first session this morning.

Impact

In a video posted last week Martha Lane-Fox talked about the committee’s work. She called on everyone and anyone to share their thoughts, hopes and fears about the impact of Covid. In an effort to attract as much input as possible she’s asked people to make submissions however they feel comfortable. So anything posted on social media with the #lifebeyondcovid hashtag will be included. And Baroness Lane-Fox says even pictures or poems will be acceptable.

The call for evidence is an opportunity for working dads to share their experiences of homeschool, lockdown and working from home. It’s a chance to make the case for more flexible working and better paternity leave.

Implications

In the call for evidence the committee said it will  “consider the long-term implications of the pandemic on the economic and societal wellbeing of the UK. It wants to understand what individuals and organisations think that Covid-19 will mean for our daily lives, at work and at home, and for how we function as a society. What might it mean for social cohesion, for (in) equality, for our environment or for arts and culture?

Asking people to look several years into the future, the committee are keen to hear about both the challenges there are to overcome and the opportunities to do things better, especially in light of the systemic inequalities in society that the pandemic has highlighted.”

To get involved you can post something on social media using the hashtag #lifebeyondcovid. Or submit a written submission here.





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