Minister tests family policies

MATTHEW Hancock MP, a skills minister, has announced his intention to take two months of paternity leave over summer, when his third child is born.

Hancock helped design new plans on shared parental leave, and looks set to try them out himself – having earlier joked that party whips would soon worry about MPs asking for time off. While Hancock relished the opportunity, not all parties were so keen. “Large employers often do this voluntarily, but small employers would find the change more difficult to accommodate,” said the BCC’s policy director Adam Marshall.