For thousands of families, parents and grandparents in Sunderland and the North East, this is an important announcement.

Too many working parents as either employees or employers were being faced with very difficult and unnecessary decisions because of what the Government had said.

Sunderland City Council and city MPs worked closely with colleagues and neighbours on highlighting what was wrong and we can be pleased the Government has come round to the right decision.

Mr Hancock and the Government have listened and agreed with common-sense.