Leaping to a four-day week

CLES is permanently adopting a four-day working week, and Sarah Longlands says there is no reason why councils should not be at the forefront of challenging preconceptions about the way the public sector works.

Lately, when I wake up my four-year-old in the morning she will ask: ‘Is it Mummy day?'

Mummy day is a thing in our house because I no longer work on Fridays. Since last October CLES – the national organisation for local economies – has been trialling a four-day, full pay working week. It has now decided to make the trial permanent and, as of the end of this month, CLES will be a four-day week accredited organisation. 

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