Ann McGauran 02 October 2023

Gove pledges to halt council four-day weeks

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Michael Gove has pledged to stop local authorities from implementing a four-day week and said councils could face budget cuts if they adopt one.

During the interview with The Sun ahead of the Conservative annual conference, the levelling up secretary said he wanted to change the law to stop ‘quiet quitting’ and ‘slacking’ at councils.

Mr Gove said: ‘People who pay council tax work five days a week or longer. They deserve 100% of the service, not 80%. The idea that everyone should be slacking in this way at the expense of hard-working taxpayers is completely wrong.’

His comments came after Norwich City Council said it could follow the example of South Cambridgeshire DC by bringing in a four-day working week without cutting staff pay.

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