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Flexible working 'would help lower female unemployment'

Flexible working 'would help lower female unemployment'

Implementing more widespread flexible working initiatives would help the government combat the issue of female unemployment in the UK.

That is according to Dalia Ben-Galim of the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR), who has urged the Conservative-Liberal Democrat alliance to extend this area of the country's employment law in the aftermath of the recession.

Ms Ben-Galim explained there is an urgent need for new policies to enhance access to flexibility in the workplace for professionals, as "parental leave schemes need to provide equitable choices for men and women to work and care".

Last week (August 24th), figures from the administration showed that the number of women on Jobseeker's Allowance has climbed to its highest level in more than 15 years.

And the IPPR official insisted it is the coalition's responsibility to help drive down this number by revamping areas of the employment system sooner rather than later, including flexible working.

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Posted by Chris Stevenson