General Article Grandparent Army Report

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An extract from an article by The International Longevity Centre.

Executive summary

Grandparents provide immense support to parents and grandchildren in the UK. With the cost of childcare increasing and both single and two-parent families much more likely to be working, this assistance is vital.

They help with financial aid, care-giving, and skills and hobbies.

In this report we’ve looked more closely at the type of support given and how grandparents feel about providing it.

Close relationships between grandparents and their children and grandchildren are beneficial to all. They must be encouraged and supported, so we have set out some recommendations for government, employers and education providers that would support achieving this. We hope it goes some way to showing the importance of grandparents and how they can be better acknowledged.

This report finds that

  • 37% of parents in Ageas’s 2016 Grandparent Army

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