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Prime Minister backs remote working

Telework means jobs, says PM


Prime Minister Gordon Brown has come out with one of the UK government's most ringing endorsements of the benefits of flexible working.  Writing in the Daily Telegraph about the need to connect the whole country with fast broadband, the Prime Minister spoke of the benefits to employment, particularly in rural areas and for working families.

The following are some extracts from his article:

"The severe weather gripping Britain has closed businesses and schools and left many people unable to get to work or keep appointments. Police advice - rightly - is not to travel unless your journey is essential. But if you urgently need to see a doctor, or keep a business running, you may feel that you must venture out in spite of the conditions.

"Rural communities particularly suffer at such times. But imagine if you could hold a consultation with your GP over the internet in real time, or easily access your office computer network from home, or hold two-way video conferences. These are the very real possibilities that super-fast broadband could offer within just a few short years.

"By investing now in this digital revolution, we can bring to households and businesses all over the country internet speeds 50 times faster than most people experience today. Such advanced communications will encourage more employees and employers to make greater use of teleworking. This can deliver benefits both to the firm and the worker, as well as the wider economy, society and the environment.

"Teleworking can mean more job opportunities, for example, for the disabled and those with child-care responsibilities who wish to work part-time - or allow someone to take a job with a firm based too far away for a daily commute - while also improving work-life balance for many. Potentially, it can also contribute to reducing congestion and lowering carbon emissions.

"The number of people working remotely from home more than doubled in the decade to 2007 and, as next-generation broadband becomes more widely available, this figure will only increase rapidly. All our lives will be transformed beyond recognition by the exciting opportunities for business, education, leisure and access to public services. Indeed, it will soon be seen as indispensable as electricity, gas or water."

The Prime Minister's comments are very welcome, and reflect new approaches to the world of work that are emerging in UK public policy.

 


 


 

January 2010

 

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"Teleworking can mean more job opportunities, for example, for the disabled and those with child-care responsibilities who wish to work part-time - or allow someone to take a job with a firm based too far away for a daily commute - while also improving work-life balance for many.
Potentially, it can also contribute to reducing congestion and lowering carbon emissions."

- Gordon Brown

 

 

 

 

 


 

   

 


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