Nick Clegg: We are making sure parental leave can be shared as mothers and fathers see fit

Liberal Democrat Leader and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has written the following article for Mumsnet, in response to comments made regarding his announcement on equalising paternity and maternity pay in the civil service.

Nick announced this week that fathers in the civil service who choose to share parental leave with their partners will be entitled to the same paternity pay as mothers.

You can have your say on the new paternity pay system here.

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EU Leaders agree 2030 deal on climate change

EU leaders have made a historic decision to tackle climate change by agreeing on a new climate and energy deal to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 40% by 2030. 

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GDP figures show our economic plan is working

GDP figures released today by the Office for National Statistics provide further evidence that our economic plan is working.

The latest statistics show that in the three months to September the UK economy grew by 0.7%.

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Norman Lamb's article on NHS spending

Today Simon Stevens, the Chief Executive of NHS England, published his 5-year Forward Look setting out the challenges facing our health and care system in the coming years.

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Better global disability data needed to ensure no one is left behind

Liberal Democrat International Development Minister Lynne Featherstone has called for the international community to do more to stop people with disabilities being left behind.

Speaking at the Disability Date Conference in London, Lynne said better global disability data is needed in order to improve support for those affected in developing countries.

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£50m boost for children across the country

Nurseries, childminders and other early years providers across the country are set for a £50m cash injection to help three and four-year-olds from disadvantaged families.

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Norman Lamb responds to NHS England report

Following the publication of a report by NHS England which outlines CEO Simon Steven’s five-year forward view on the health service, Liberal Democrat Care Minister Norman Lamb said:

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Nick Clegg launches TechNorth

Liberal Democrat Leader and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg is launching a TechNorth, a new scheme to co-ordinate the existing digital technology expertise of Manchester, Leeds, Sheffield, Liverpool and Newcastle.

The government will be investing in an organisation that will promote TechNorth internationally to encourage global businesses to invest in the North.

TechNorth is born out of the Northern Futures project - in which Nick Clegg is asking people in the North what our Northern cities need to do in order to work together to compete globally and to boost their economic growth. 

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Earl of Oxford and Asquith joins Liberal Democrats in the House of Lords

The Earl of Oxford and Asquith is the newest hereditary peer to join the Liberal Democrats in the House of Lords. 

He takes up the seat of the late Liberal Democrat Lord Methuen.

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Wind farms generate a record amount of power

The UK's wind farms generated a record amount of power at the weekend, according to the National Grid.

On Saturday 18 October, wind farms generated 6,372 MW of power, the highest amount on National Grid records.

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Free school meals help boost learning and save parents money

Free school meals help boost learning, improve behaviour and save parents money.

EU Leaders agree 2030 deal on climate change

EU leaders have made a historic decision to tackle climate change by agreeing on a new deal to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 40% by 2030.

Fathers to get same 'maternity' pay as mums in the civil service

Nick Clegg will make a major speech this week setting out measures to ensure that the Civil Service will offer equal parental pay and support for all its employees.

New mental health waiting time standards set

Nick Clegg has announced that treatment for mental health conditions will be brought into line with other NHS services.

State pension will rise by 2.5 per cent next year thanks to Triple Lock guarantee

Pensioners will benefit from a 2.5 per cent increase in their state pension thanks to the Liberal Democrat Triple Lock guarantee.

Encouraging employment figures show our economy is recovering

Employment figures released today by the Office of National Statistics (ONS) show further encouraging signs that our economy is recovering.