Penny Mordaunt pushes for Brits to get paid time off work when caring for relatives

BRITS could be given new rights to take paid time off work to care for a relative.

Women and Equalities Minister Penny Mordaunt will today announce a consultation into proposals to let carers take unpaid time off work.

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Penny Mordaunt is pushing to let Brits take paid time off work to care for relatives[/caption]

But The Sun understands she has written to Business Secretary Greg Clark urging him to make the leave paid.

It means taxpayers could foot the bill for people who take time off to care for a sick or elderly relative.

Ms Mordaunt will also reveal a £2million bid to encourage girls to study maths and science and launch a review into equal pay legislation amid concerns men are raking in more through plumb job offers and bumper bonuses.

The plans are part of her new “roadmap” to empower women.

Ms Mordaunt will tell an audience in London today: “I want everyone in our country to be able to thrive in life.

“That means being able to be in control of the choices you make and have the opportunities you have to seize.

Pregnant MP threat

A HEAVILY pregnant Labour MP is facing a deselection threat by Corbynistas.

They acted after Ellie Reeves signed a letter calling for anti-Semitism row MP Chris Williamson to not be readmitted to the party.

Labour MP Harriet Harman has urged party general secretary Jennie Formby to change party rules so all MPs pregnant or on maternity leave are protected from any deselection threat.

She told The Sun: “I don’t think anybody would want to see a pregnant woman being out through a reselection process.”

But a Labour source said of the Lewisham West MP: “No motion has been formally moved or tabled.”

“We must be honest that many women do not have those choices or opportunities, and as a consequence are not able to be as financially resilient or independent.

“This inequality is faced at every stage of a woman’s life – from how she is treated in the classroom, to the caring roles she often takes on, and the lack of savings or pension she accumulates. ”

Back in May 2017 Theresa May announced proposals to give Brits up to a year’s unpaid leave to care for a relative – but the plans were never brought in.

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She has written to Business Secretary Greg Clark to urge him to make the leave paid[/caption]

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