Election Special: What the Conservatives say on Families and Flexible Work

If elected, the Conservatives plan to, “extend the right to request flexible working to every parent with a child under the age of eighteen. We want our government to lead from the front, so we will extend the right to request flexible working to all those in the public sector, recognising that this may need to be done in stages. In addition,we will:
• in the longer term, extend the right to request flexible working to all, but only in the light of experience and after full consultation with business on how to do this in a way which is administratively simple and without burdening them with extra costs; and,
• oblige JobCentre Plus offices to ask employers if their vacancies could be advertised on a part-time or flexible basis.”
Maternity and paternity leave will turn into, “a new system of flexible parental leave which lets parents share maternity leave between them, while ensuring that parents on leave can stay in touch with their employer.” The conservatives will, “support the provision of free nursery care for pre-school children, and we want that support to be provided by a diverse range of providers. A Conservative government will review the way the childcare industry is regulated and funded to ensure that no providers, including childminders, are put at a disadvantage.”

Read the full Conservative manifesto here – and don’t forget to vote tomorrow.

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