MPs must back flexible working today, says Young Women’s Trust

Tuesday 16 July 2019

flex for allYoung Women’s Trust is calling on MPs to back a Bill in parliament today that would make all jobs flexible by default, which would help parents to balance work and childcare. 

Helen Whately MP, Deputy Chair of the Conservative Party, is putting forward the Bill proposing that all jobs be advertised as flexible unless the employer can justify why the job cannot be done flexibly. 

Young Women’s Trust is part of the ‘Flex for All’ coalition of charities backing the change that includes Pregnant Then Screwed and the Fawcett Society. Research shows that the lack of upfront flexibility locks people out of the workplace and traps others in part-time work that is often low paid, undervalued and below their skill level. Nine in 10 people say they want to work flexibly but just one in 10 jobs are currently advertised as flexible. 

The charities, MPs and campaigners will be gathering outside parliament at 12.30pm to show support for the Bill and encourage more MPs to vote for it. 

Joe Levenson, Director of Communications and Campaigns at Young Women’s Trust said: 

“A lack of flexible working options are holding many young women back from working or progressing at work. That’s why we want to employers to publish flexible working options in job adverts and for the right to request flexible working to be available for everyone from day one. Talent exists everywhere, but opportunities do not – which is why greater flexible working will benefit employers as well as employees.” 

The Bill is due to be read in parliament at 2.30pm. The Bill is also being supported by Victoria Prentis MP, Rachel Maclean MP and Tracey Crouch MP. 


Notes to editor: 

  1. Young Women’s Trust supports and represents women aged 18-30 trapped by low or no pay and facing a life of poverty. The charity provides services and runs campaigns to make sure that the talents of young women don't go to waste.
    1. Press are invited join the charities outside parliament on the day. The event will be in the Victoria Tower Gardens at 12.30pm. In attendance will be: Helen Whately MP, Sir Roger Gale MP, Stella Creasy MP, Rosie Duffied MP, Ellie Reeves MP, Rachel Mclean MP, Kirstene Hair MP, Andrew Selous and Tracy Brabin MP. Plus campaigners and charities who are supporting this bill including: Fatherhood Institute, Fawcett Society, Papa Pukka, Young Women’s Trust and Pregnant Then Screwed. To attend please RSVP to: / 07725855289.
    2. For further information, please contact Bex Bailey at or on 020 7837 2019.