Millburn resignation places work-life balance debate centre stage

The
work-life balance debate has taken centre stage with the resignation of Alan
Milburn as Secretary of State for Health.

His
reason for leaving was that he wished to spend more time with his family.

Milburn’s
situation highlights the problems faced by many parents who want to dedicate
more time to family life and less time to work.

In
his resignation letter he said he’d ‘found it increasingly difficult to balance
having a young family in the north-east with the demands of being a cabinet
minister’.

Speaking
at the launch of Investors in People’s Work-life Balance Model, Patricia
Hewitt, Secretary of State for Trade and Industry, said the UK was in a
profound state of culture change, and that a flexible workplace would benefit
parents, families, economics and social strengths.

The
Work-life Balance Model aims to offer a practical way to help companies
understand work-life issues and implement solutions that suit their business
needs.

By Michael Millar

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