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Michael Gove: Public ‘count on’ council workers to work full five-day week

Michael Gove has mentioned folks “count on” council workers to be working a full five-day week, amid a row over the federal government telling an area authority to stop a four-day week trial.

The levelling up secretary has mentioned he’s a “robust believer” within the rule that council workers ought to be working Monday to Friday.

It comes after ministers ordered the Liberal Democrat-run South Cambridgeshire District Council to finish its experiment with a four-day week.

Talking on the Native Authorities Affiliation (LGA) convention in Bournemouth, Gove mentioned: “I imagine very strongly, as certainly does the minister for native authorities, that when taxpayers are paying for companies, they should have folks working a full five-day week.

“It appears to me for each penny paid in council tax, we deserve, all of us, to see these in native authorities working a full working week for individuals who are council taxpayers as effectively.

“I’m a powerful believer {that a} five-day working week is what so many different residents are going through, and they should work 5 days so as to have the ability to pay their council tax and different wants.

“A five-day working week appears to me to be what we should always count on of individuals in public service who’re having their wages paid by these council taxpayers.”

Gove’s remarks come after the LGA warned councils face a £3bn funding hole simply to take care of present ranges of companies, amid a spiralling inflation disaster.

Pete Marland, assets board chairman, mentioned: “Inflation, the nationwide residing wage, power prices and growing demand are all including billions onto councils simply to maintain standing nonetheless.”

A authorities spokesman mentioned ministers would have a look at council funding forward of subsequent yr’s finances “as we do yearly to make sure councils can proceed to ship important companies”.

They added: “We have now additionally supplied multi-year certainty to native authorities, outlining spending over the subsequent two years to permit councils to plan forward with confidence.”