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Clegg parental leave shake-up

Parents will be able to share up to a year's leave to look after their newborn children under "radical" reforms announced by Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg today.

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Nick Clegg 'considered extending paternity leave'

Clegg has said that he had considered extending paternity leave from the current two weeks, but concern had been voiced within Government and from business groups about the cost.

Flexible leave will be reviewed by 2018, when extending paternity leave will be looked at, Mr Clegg is expected to announce.

These are major reforms and, at a time of continuing economic difficulty, it's sensible to do them in a number of steps, rather than one giant leap. More and more men are taking on childcare duties, or want to, and flexible leave builds on that.

– Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg

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