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Nick Clegg: More freedom for couples to organise parental leave

January 17, 2011 11:54 AM
Originally published by UK Liberal Democrats

Liberal Democrat Leader and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has outlined plans to give couples more freedom to organise their parental leave after the birth of a baby.

Nick confirmed that from April fathers will be able to take any unused maternity leave themselves if their partners go back to work early, as well as announcing plans to consult on further reforms to the current system of parental leave.

Speaking at the launch of think tank Demos' new report 'The Home Front' in London, Nick Clegg said that he and the Prime Minister wanted a new system of shared parental leave in place by 2015.

Nick Clegg said:

"Too many parents feel trapped by the current, rigid rules. We want to give them the flexibility that sets them free.

"This is not an easy area for Government, but the Coalition Government will seek to get the balance right. Supporting and empowering parents, particularly those most in need, and particularly in these difficult times. And helping all parents better balance work and home."

Click here to read Nick's speech in full