The Government has announced plans to make it easier for people to balance work and family life. The right to request flexible working will be extended to parents of children under 18 from April 2011 (currently it only applies to parents of children under 17, unless the child is disabled, in which case it is under 18). A consultation will be launched in 2010 that will look at extending the right to request flexible working to all employees and the design of a new system of flexible parental leave (including shared maternity and paternity leave).