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Working Hours

Question for Treasury

UIN 144697, tabled on 27 January 2021

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer, what assessment he has made of the potential merits of introducing a four-day working week.

Answered on

1 February 2021

Enforcing a four-day working week would likely increase business costs at a time where we should be supporting businesses. We need to help businesses by creating and protecting jobs, not adding to their costs. This is why the Government has extended a number of Covid support schemes, such as the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme, through the winter.

The UK’s flexible labour market allows employers to independently agree working arrangements with their workers. Enforcing a four-day working week would take that choice away from both workers and employers.

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