FWIW I had my flexible working request turned down so I said nuts to them, left and started my own business. Now working successfully and spending quality time with my DD. Turned out my skills were transferable and very useful!
Oh, I'm so sorry, it sounds like you have had a real roller coaster of a time in the last few years. You can appeal the decision - the benefit to the business is that they don't lose a motivated, experienced member of staff.
Can't afford to drop the salary whistlestop I'm the main earner in our family and would mean losing around £600pcm which we just can't make up in cutbacks. But yes I think it's a morale issue. Though the rest of my team are mainly 40+ year old men who play golf on a Friday avo under the guise of networking (but that's another issue )
Correct procedure was followed ising today was the meeting following my written request. They are going to formally respond in writing within 14 days. I suspect the written reason may be different that what I was told today
To be honest I knew they wouldn't agree, there's no real benefit to them except to keep me happy and I understand they're not going to do that to the detriment of the team morale. I can't really complain they've been pretty good - this is my 2nd period of mat leave in 18 months as sadly dd2 died at birth and we had dd3 less than a year later so it was a lot to expect. Just gutted