Is family life harder than 20 years ago?

More than half of people in our region think family life is worse than 20 years ago Credit: Press Association

Over half of people in Yorkshire believe that family life is harder now than it was twenty years ago. A poll's revealed 42% think today's children will have a worse life than theirs.

In a poll conduced by YouGov 61% of people in our region say public services should be aimed at families, with 36% saying they need to change dramatically.

Many people also believe a range of public services are not family friendly, with only 3% judging job centres as family friendly and just over a quarter (27%) judging childcare services to be family friendly.

The charity 4Children is calling on the Government to look at its policies including;

  • a major overhaul of support for vulnerable families, including local, joined-up early help

  • a commitment to family friendly planning and public spaces

  • a major house building programme of affordable and social housing

  • local, joined up help in every community through Children and Family Centres and Hubs for children 0-19 and their families

  • a comprehensive universal childcare guarantee from 0-14

  • part-time and flexible working to become the norm including flexible maternity and paternity leave

Too many children and families are struggling in Yorkshire and the Humber today with limited potential and life chances as a result. Family life has changed beyond recognition over the past 30 years and our services and practices have often failed to keep up. It's time to change. We need to have a major shift in ambition if we're going to make our communities great for families. If we want a country where families and children are valued and flourishing, then politicians and policy makers and those providing public services and running businesses all need to change the way they listen and respond to what families really want. We also need, as a society, to give our children the aspiration and ability to flourish as individuals; to radically change the country's system of support for those most in need; and to redesign our communities for Britain's children and families of the future. It's clear from what people tell us that this country's systems and approaches are not working for many families; and they are now demanding smart-thinking from all political parties to help make Britain a better place to bring up children.