To ask the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, what assessment she has made of the potential merits of the increase in workplace flexibility as a result of the covid-19 outbreak; and whether her Department has plans to publish a long-term strategy for more flexible working to help disabled people (a) find, (b) stay in and (c) progress at work.
Currently, we are seeing an increase in flexible working with many businesses rapidly adapting to remote working, using new technology and finding new ways of working. As we move beyond the current situation, and the economy begins to reopen, we are very keen to do more to promote flexible working in all its forms.
This Government is clear about the benefits of flexible working for employers and for their employees. In our manifesto we said that, subject to consultation, we would introduce measures to make flexible working the default.