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New APPG Launches to champion better Flexible Working for Families in the UK

(L-R) Tulip Siddiq MP, Jane van Zyl, CEO at Working Families, Rt Hon Dame Marie Miller
(L-R) Tulip Siddiq MP, Jane van Zyl, CEO at Working Families, Rt Hon Dame Marie Miller

Flexible & Family Friendly Working All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) was launched in the House of Commons on 6th of February 2024. The APPG will focus on championing flexible working policies that support families across the country to remove the barriers that people with caring responsibilities face in the workplace.

The group is jointly chaired by Tulip Siddiq, Labour MP for Hampstead & Kilburn, Shadow Economic Secretary to the Treasury (City Minister) , and the Rt Hon Dame Maria Miller, Conservative MP for Basingstoke.

Rt Hon Dame Maria Miller said; 

“Parents across the country are struggling to balance family life with workplace pressures. I am delighted to Chair the APPG that will look at and support flagship policies on flexible working and shared parental leave to make sure workplaces across the UK are fit for the family of the 21st century.”

Tulip Siddiq, MP, said;  

“I have long championed flexible working, including bringing in a Bill to improve employment rights as well as supporting Yasmin Qureshi’s Employment Relations (Flexible Working) Act which comes into effect this year. This initiative is a crucial step towards promoting the benefits of flexible working and making positive steps towards removing barriers that parents and carers face in the workplace. I look forward to working collaboratively with my fellow officers and supporters of the APPG, including our secretariat Working Families, to drive positive change and champion flexible working practices that will benefit the workforce in my constituency, as well as across the UK.” 

Jane van Zyl, CEO at Working Families said, “We believe that flexible working is not just a benefit but a necessity for the modern workforce. This APPG will play a pivotal role in advocating for policies that empower families, support a better work-life balance, and contribute to a more inclusive and productive society.”

The inaugural meeting of the APPG is anticipated to take place in March at The Houses of Parliament, marking the beginning of a concerted effort to drive legislative changes that promote flexibility in the workplace. Key stakeholders will be invited to attend, including policymakers and influencers dedicated to reshaping the future of work.

The collaboration between Save The Children, Zurich, TLT, Wates and SF Recruitment highlights the commitment of leading organisations to support and drive positive change in workplace practices. As a mix of Employer Members of Working Families and advocates for progressive employment policies, they are well placed to contribute valuable insights and resources to the APPG’s mission.

“Save the Children are delighted to be supporting the APPG on flexible working. When it’s done right, we know flexible working offers a triple dividend which benefits everyone. It makes life easier for parents and carers juggling work and caring commitments, boosts productivity for employers looking to recruit and retain talented workers and enables better outcomes for children who get to spend more quality time with their families.”


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