Deputy PM to announce plan in which parents will be allowed to share up to a year’s leave after the birth of a childNick Clegg.
Under the new plans, new mothers and fathers would be able to divide up to a year’s leave between them with far fewer restrictions.
Nick Clegg has admitted that he had been forced to drop his plans to give fathers six weeks paid paternity leave but promised to revive the proposal in better economic times.
The Deputy Prime Minister’s plan ran into opposition from business leaders and the Conservatives. His aides said his retreat was an example of “coalition politics at work”, insisting he was being “pragmatic”. However, fathers-to-be will be allowed to take unpaid leave to attend two antenatal appointments so they can be more involved in the early stages of pregnancy.