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Older relatives in this country are said by Grandparents Plus, a campaign group, to enjoy fewer benefits and privileges than those on the Continent.

Although a third of working mothers in Britain are thought to rely on their own parents to provide childcare, they cannot transfer maternity leave to them or pay them with tax credits or vouchers as happens elsewhere in the EU. In addition, grandparents cannot request flexible working in order to look after their grandchildren.



The musicals of London s West End have some of the biggest voices in the business. From the divine Sister Act to outstanding Oliver!, leading ladies are dazzling audiences in theatres across the capital. Want to hear the best belt it out with the rest? Here s our pick of the five biggest voices in the London s best musicals:

Kerry Ellis in Oliver!

Former Wicked star Kerry Ellis is hanging up her broomstick to replace Jodie Prenger as Nancy in the acclaimed production of Lionel Bart s hit musical Oliver! at London s Theatre Royal Drury Lane. One of London s favourite leading ladies, Kerry has had huge success both on Broadway and in London s West End. Her most famous roles include Meat in the original London cast of We Will Rock You, Fantine in Les Miserables at the Queen s Theatre and Ellen in Miss Saigon. Kerry joins Griff Rhys Jones and the rest of the Oliver! cast from 29 March.