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Opinion: Shared Parental Leave? Why Bother?

Nick Clegg’s announcement today may be overshadowed by various rows in the media, but this is an historic moment. Parents will soon be able to share 50 weeks of the 52 weeks maternity leave entitlement, and everyone will have the right to request flexible working.

Why does this matter?

Because we are wasting the talent of our women workers to such an extent that when women start a family they often take a drop in their pay, lose the opportunity for promotion or even can find themselves locked out of the labour market. About one million women are missing from the …

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  • User AvatarPhilip Thomas 3rd Mar - 8:41am
    I have some natural sympathy with those who believe the Conservative Party is redeemable, although I gave up on this idea in 2002! If Labour...
  • User AvatarIan Sanderson (RM3) 3rd Mar - 8:36am
    Just after the GLA was formed, I remember Graham Tope making two observations: One was that the Government Office for London, which was supposed to...
  • User AvatarGwynfor Tyley 3rd Mar - 8:12am
    This sounds like a knee jerk response to the current polling in Scotland. Wouldn't it be better to let the Smith commission proposals be implemented...
  • User AvatarEddie Sammon 3rd Mar - 4:18am
    A good article Guy. I could write an essay on this subject, but I'll just keep it short and say we need to recognise that...
  • User AvatarEddie Sammon 3rd Mar - 3:47am
    This sounds good. There seems to be plenty of disillusioned Conservatives becoming attracted to the Lib Dems. We also need more Labour joiners. Public sector...
  • User AvatarEddie Sammon 3rd Mar - 3:37am
    With Scottish Lib Dem poll ratings so low I have wanted to ask for a while why no one seems to be questioning the leadership...