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Scot Lib Dems: Expand flexible working to boost quality of life

October 3, 2017 10:00 AM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Responding to research by Family Friendly Working Scotland suggesting that nine in 10 Scots who work flexibly say it improves their quality of life and makes them happier, Scottish Liberal Democrat economy spokesperson Carolyn Caddick said:

"In government, Liberal Democrats led in rolling out flexible working, for instance giving everyone the right to request flexible working. This research shows that we were right, with employees feeling more valued, happier and working harder.

"Now Scottish Liberal Democrats want to go further. There should be a presumption that work is flexible unless there is a clear business reason it cannot be.

"From encouraging public sector organisations to value volunteering to supporting families juggling work and family life, expanding flexible working can be a win for employers and employees alike."

These new figures mark the launch of National Work Life Week, which encourage employees and employers to explore flexible working options and find a better work-life balance.

At the recent general election the Liberal Democrat manifesto said:

"Parents often want to take time out from paid work to care for young children but in many families both parents want, or have, to work. The costs of childcare can be prohibitive and opportunities for flexible working are scarce.

"Encourage employers to provide more flexible working, making this a 'day one' right, so that there is a presumption that work is flexible unless there is a clear business reason it cannot be."