Tue, 13 Nov 2012
Liberal Democrat Leader and Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg has today announced radical reforms to parental leave, allowing both parents to share up to a year’s leave to look after their new-born children.
"Liberal Democrats believe that our current system of maternity leave is out-of-date and out-of-step with the wishes of modern parents who want much greater flexibility in how they look after their children.
"I believe reform is long overdue and the changes we are making will shatter the perception that women have to be the primary care-givers. In the future, both mothers and fathers will be able to take control of how they balance those precious first months with their child and their careers.
This is good news not only for parents and parents-to-be, but employers too who will benefit from a much more flexible and motivated workforce.”
"Liberal Democrats believe that if we are to deliver sustainable, strong growth we need to get the best out of both men and women in the workforce.
"Current arrangements are old-fashioned, inflexible and gender-biased. People should have the right to choose how they balance their work and family commitments.
"These proposals bring good news for business – not least a more motivated and productive workforce. Employers will be able to recruit and retain staff from a wider pool of talent in turn helping to diversify our economy and drive growth."