1 Jul 2023

Is a four day working week the future?

Social Affairs Editor and Presenter

It’s been hailed as the future of working life.

A four day week – with the same pay and benefits, but an extra day of rest. Proponents say it would cut down on stress, long term sickness and actually increase productivity.

But that’s not the view, it seems, of the government – who have ordered a council to stop  its 4 day working week trial.

South Cambridgeshire District Council had been the first local authority to undertake this type of experiment – and was planning to extend it.

But in a letter from local government minister Lee Rowley, the council was told the model is “inappropriate” for local authorities.

We’re joined by Joe Ryle from the 4 day week campaign group.