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Nick Clegg to announce flexible working drive

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Deputy prime minister Nick Clegg is set to reveal plans that will enable more people to work family-friendly hours, telegraph.co.uk reports.

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Deputy prime minister Nick Clegg is set to reveal plans that will enable more people to work family-friendly hours, telegraph.co.uk reports. The flexible working proposals, due to be announced on November 13th, will give workers the right to demand flexible working hours from their employers. The plans have been created with women in mind particularly, so that those who are effectively locked-out of the labour market - possibly due to choosing to raise their families - will feel more inclined to get back into work, on their own terms and on their own timetable. Guardian.co.uk says that Mr Clegg's speech has been heavily influenced by research from the Resolution Foundation think tank, which shows around a million women could be contributing to the UK economy; should they chose to work from their homes or garden offices. One of the findings of the report claims that if the UK had the same proportion of female entrepreneurs as the US, it would be £42bn better off in terms of GDP (gross domestic product). Mr Clegg will say tomorrow: "Today's households aren't all comprised of one bread winner and one homemaker; mum in the kitchen; dad in the office. "The reality is that in many families, both parents work, often juggling busy lives, often working part-time, often without relatives or friends close by who can help out. Yet too often their lives are governed by rules and practises that belong to another time."

Author:

Chris Taylor

12th November 2012