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Issue:- Thursday, 6 October 2016

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6 weeks unpaid overtime a year for 1 in 6 working parents in the North West

15% working parents in the North West works at least 6 weeks a year in unpaid overtime and many miss out on precious family moments like attending school shows or simply putting their children to bed because of work commitments. Working Families, the UK's leading work life balance organisation, have been encouraging parents and their employers to take part in 'Go Home On Time Day', that took place on 5 October 2016, to help people improve their work life balance.

Sarah Jackson, chief executive of Working Families, said:- "Sadly the notion of presenteeism persists in many businesses in the North West with many working parents feeling pressure to work extra unpaid hours.  Families need time as well as money to thrive. Flexible working patterns can give parents the balance they need between work and family life, and deliver motivated, productive employees for businesses. But this only works if jobs are designed properly; and can be done in the hours allocated to them. We're encouraging all employers and employees to use Go Home On Time Day as an opportunity to think how they can improve work life balance and get the best for families and businesses in the North West."

Working Families hopes businesses and employers, including the public sector and Government, will use its 'happy to talk flexible working' strapline in recruitment processes to demonstrate commitment to flexible and family friendly ways of working.  A survey for the charity showed 49% of working parents in the North West put extra unpaid hours each week. Of those, 15% worked more than 5 extra unpaid hours a week, equating to 31 extra days a year; more than most people's annual leave entitlement.

The survey also revealed:-


64% of working parents in the North West said their job interfered with their ability to take part in school or nursery milestones for their children, such as attending performances or parents' evenings.

A total of 63% said work detrimentally affected the time they had to help children with homework

57% said it interfered with their ability to put their children to bed. 27% said this happened more than 3 times a week.

Working Families is the UK's leading work life balance organisation. It offers a free Legal Helpline to parents and carers, researches and campaigns for better work life policies and works directly with employers to help them improve ways of working. For more information visit:- WorkingFamilies.Org.UK. Go Home On Time Day is part of the charity's campaign week, National Work Life Week. Follow Working Families on Twitter @WorkingFamUK with the campaign hashtag #TimeToRebalance and on Facebook. What are your views on this issue? Do you agree? Email your views and thoughts to us at:- News24@southportReporter.com and let the world know!

Jail for pizza driver who stole the dough

A pizza delivery driver from Ellesmere Port, who faked his pay, Tax and job expenses in an attempt to steal more than £60,000 in Tax repayments, has been jailed. Neil David Felsbergs, 27, was caught after an investigation by HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) uncovered his outlandish claims on his Self Assessment Tax Returns. Investigators found he had submitted 12 versions of his Tax Returns to trigger the refunds. Sandra Smith, Assistant Director, Fraud Investigation Service, HMRC, said:- "Felsbergs attempted to line his own pockets by making multiple online claims, which all proved bogus. HMRC takes Tax fraud extremely seriously and anyone choosing to evade their Taxes or make deliberate attacks on the public purse can face prosecution, a criminal record and jail. HMRC are taking the profit out of Tax crime to ensure that crime doesn't pay, and will now seek to recover what he stole. If you have information, about people who may be involved in Tax fraud, you can contact the 24 hour hotline on:- 0800 59 5000."  Felsbergs pleaded guilty on 29 September  2016 and was immediately sentenced to 16 months imprisonment at Chester Crown Court. HMRC withheld more than £15,000 of his Tax repayments and will now start proceedings to recover the remaining Tax he stole.

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