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Government launches new flexible working scheme

Government launches new flexible working scheme

The government has announced plans to update the employment sector in the UK by implementing plans into law that will make practices such as flexible working more widely available.

Employment relations minister Edward Davey - a Liberal Democrat MP for the constituency of Kingston and Surbiton - has signalled the coalition's intention to bring forward these proposals, which will see measures such as parents of children under the age of 18 being able to request flexible working as of April 2011.

Mr Davey also pledged that the government will launch a full consultation before the end of 2010 which will look into how this right can be extended for access by all employees, regardless of their personal circumstances.

"We want to help parents create a fairer, family-friendly society," he said.

The minister added that these plans are regarded by the authorities as "interim measures", as the proposals to be unveiled later in the year "are much more ambitious".