Deputy PM’s key note speech included the right to request flexible working for everyone
From 2015, a fully flexible system of parental leave in England, Scotland and Wales will allow women to share their maternity leave with their partner. The Deputy Prime Minister, Nick Clegg, said the new system would reflect the "21st Century", where women are often the main earners for their families.
Shazia, the cofounder of Third Door, which provides parents both a flexible professional workspace to work from and more importantly, flexible daycare Nursery that fits around their needs as working parent, said:
“Last week, the press team for the Cabinet Office approached Third Door as a possible venue for the Deputy Prime Ministers key note speech. Flexibility is core to what we provide at Third Door and the press team were very excited to have found us in their websearch as Third Door ticked so many boxes for them including shared parental duties and flexible child care”.
Nick Clegg made time to meet the children in the Nursery and their parents in the Workhub. Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said:
"As a Government we want to give parents more choices so it was fantastic to visit Third Door and see for myself the service they are providing for working mums and dads and their children. Like many of the best ideas it is a brilliantly simple concept, but one that took two truly inspirational people to think up. Third Door gives people flexibility and choice so they can combine a fulfilling career with one of the most rewarding jobs there is ...being a parent."
Co-founders Shazia & Usuf with Nick Clegg
|One half of the Third Door Work hub was converted into a conference room where Shazia introduced the Deputy Prime Minister to an audience of 80 people including Third Door members. Shazia welcomes the announcement with open arms, stating:
“It’s about time we did move into the 21stCentury and today’s announcement is certainly one step closer. Third Door is already ahead of the game having met gap in the market for flexible Nurseries and allowing fathers to be able to spend quality time with their child during the working week and not jus tweekends. We are thrilled with the endorsement from the Deputy Prime Minister and hope that in the not too distance future that there are Third Door facilities throughout the UK”.
November 15, 2012