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Flexible working incentives to reduce commuting

 




 



Flexible
working incentives to reduce commuting



In an interview with the Daily Telegraph, transport
minister, Norman Baker, has confirmed that the Department of Transport is
looking into a number of initiatives aimed at changing traditional work travel
patterns including introducing incentives to encourage flexible working
arrangements, such as allowing employees to work one day at home per fortnight.

In its Coalition agreement policy document, the
Government stated that it wishes to extend the right to request flexible
working to all employees. In an interview given to the Daily Telegraph,
transport minister, Norman Baker, confirmed that he is now looking into a
number of initiatives aimed at changing traditional work travel patterns,
thereby reducing and carbon emissions and improving quality of life, which
include: 

  • introducing
    incentives to encourage flexible working arrangements, such as allowing
    employees to work one day at
    home per fortnight;
  • encouraging
    people not to travel, or to travel at different times, and to use technology to
    communicate;
  • looking
    to Whitehall to
    set an example by reducing their travel, through increased use of video
    conferencing;
  • encouraging
    train companies to review how tickets are sold, for example by selling carnets
    as well as season tickets.

July 2010

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