Burnham calls for cheaper rail tickets

Leigh MP Andy Burnham
Leigh MP Andy Burnham

Cheaper train tickets for part-time workers will be among a package of measures aimed at helping parents juggle jobs and family life under plans set out by Leigh MP Andy Burnham.

The Labour leadership hopeful will make securing cut-price rail season tickets for people who only commute for part of the week a key commitment in his manifesto.

The shadow health secretary’s leadership pitch will also include a pledge to review the cost and standard of childcare which currently means returning to work part-time is “out of the question” for many parents.

The right for an employee to request flexible working would be available from the very first day in a job under his plans, rather than the current system which requires six months in a post before a request can be made.

In his forthcoming manifesto Mr Burnham will say: “We need to tackle the inequalities that stifle growth and productivity by preventing women from reaching their full potential in the workplace.

“Both mothers and fathers have to juggle caring responsibilities and work, but it is women that bear much of the cost of this daily struggle.

“As Labour leader, I will argue for better support for Britain’s part-time workers”.