Working Families helps couples to “work it out” together

New interactive online quiz to help couples plan their work and family life.All too often, financial stresses and pinch points like redundancy or changes in work patterns can cause relationship problems and even family break up. So, leading work-life balance charity Working Families has developed a lively, interactive, online quiz to help couples recognise these problems and seek help where they cannot resolve them together.

“We can work it out” encourages people to look at how the reality of their work and finances match up to their aspirations and those of their partners. It suggests solutions and signposts to further help, as well as showing users how other couples have answered and offering the opportunity for people to add comments or advice.

The quiz was funded by the Department for Children, Schools and Families, as part of the Kids in the Middle campaign. Kids in the Middle is a coalition of family and children’s organisations – including Working Families – and is backed by the nation’s Agony Aunts and Uncles. It campaigns for better support for mothers and fathers to work together to get the best for their children, especially where relationships are under pressure.

While developing the quiz, Working Families has also redesigned its website – www.workingfamilies.org.uk – to enable parents and carers to find the information they need more easily.  It now includes video answers to some of the “frequently asked questions” to the Working Families Helpline team, as well as extensive information on maternity and paternity leave, employment rights, childcare, in-work benefits and tax credits and a Flexible Working Webguide. Further advice and support is available on the Working Families Helpline on 0800 013 0313.

Sarah Jackson, Chief Executive of Working Families said:

“In these difficult financial times, it is all the more important for couples to be able to agree on how they manage their finances and their working lives. Worrying there is not enough money to go round puts huge stress on a relationship. Job losses or cuts in hours may mean both partners have to make painful changes to the way they want to live. We hope that our quiz will provide a fun way for people to look at how they might go forward as a family.”

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