Family friendly flexible parental leave

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BORDERS MP Michael Moore is encouraging business and parents in the Borders to ‘have their say’ on government plans to improve the current system of parental leave.

Consultation on plans for shared parental leave and flexible working hours was opened by the Westminster Government last week and the responses will influence how the government legislates on this issue in the Children and Families Bill 2013.

Mr Moore said: “I am glad that the Government is consulting on our shared parental leave plans which will make the system more flexible for local families.

“Here in the Borders I know that many families would like to be able to make decisions on childcare based on what works for them. The measures proposed by the Government will do exactly that and enable parents to act in the best interests of their family.

“I therefore want to encourage parents and business in the Borders to take part in the consultation launched yesterday to ensure their views about these plans are heard.”

Business Minister Jo Swinson, who announced the consultation, said: “Current workplace arrangements for maternity leave are old-fashioned and rigid.

“Our measures for shared parental leave and flexible working give us a great opportunity to make our workforce even more flexible, help working families and boost economic growth.”