Election Special: What Labour says on Families and Flexible Work

Labour has plans for, “An expansion of free nursery places for two year olds and 15 hours a week of flexible, free nursery education for three and four year olds.” The party’s plans for flexible childcare will allow you to have, “More flexibility over the hours their children have access to nursery education, such as taking them over two full working days, as well as greater choice over when children start school. We will also explore allowing parents to carry over their free hours of nursery education from year to year. Childcare vouchers will be retained, with all families receiving income tax relief at the basic rate, and childcare standards will be raised by a more qualified workforce.”
Under a re-elected labour government, Fathers would get a month of  flexible paid leave. The party would introduce a new Toddler Tax Credit of £4 a week from 2012 to give more support to all parents of young children – whether they want to stay at home or work. Older workers would get the right to request flexible working with an end to default retirement at 65.
Come back tomorrow to see the Conservative proposals on family and flexible work. Find the whole Labour manifesto here.
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