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'Shared parental leave is good news' says Farron

February 13, 2013 10:20 AM

Tim Farron MP at Kendal Nursery SchoolSouth Lakes MP Tim Farron has today welcomed moves by the government to reform the way parents can share maternity leave.

The changes are part of the Children and Families Bill, published last week. The government will move away from the current inflexible arrangements and create a new, more equal system which allows both parents to keep a strong link to their workplace.

The government also wants to remove the cultural expectation that flexible working only has benefits for parents and carers, allowing individuals to manage their work alongside other commitments. This will improve the UK labour market by providing more diverse working patterns. The new system will:

Tim said: "I think this these changes are long overdue. As a Dad I understand that looking after a newborn is hard work and it's very welcome that the laws are being revised. The new system is good for business as it will create a more motivated and flexible workforce. Employers will be able to attract and retain women and prevent them from dropping out of the world of work once they start a family. Flexible working will also help widen the pool of talent in the labour market, helping to drive growth."