Living at work: a new policy framework for modern home workers

As information technology advances, more and more people in the UK are working from home. This trend brings enormous opportunities – for flexible working patterns that suit family life, for less commuting, for increased economic activity in city centres and remote rural areas. But it also poses threats. Without responsible management support, home workers can become isolated, prone to health and safety problems, and overlooked for promotion. They can also fall foul of old-fashioned – often contradictory – planning, tax and employment regulations.

How can government and other agencies respond to the needs of a UK workforce living at work? Concentrating on home working that depends upon new technology, this report examines issues relating to transport, tax, planning, home design, family life, management, mortgages and tenancies, and home insurance.

For more information on this subject and to order a copy of the booklet on Living at Work published by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, visit: www.jrf.org.uk/home.asp