This week Norwich City Council declared their intention to switch to a four day working week. This motion was passed without debate.
David said: "It cannot be right that motions of this importance simply pass without debate. Regardless of whether or not you support the proposal, there are clearly plenty of points on both sides that need to be properly considered, not just waved through."
"I strongly support Council staff being able to request flexible working and going part time or compressing their hours to balance their work around their family commitments. But I am very sceptical about a universal four day week. Many residents are already concerned about things like the housing repairs backlog, and cannot understand how reducing working hours would make this better. And for residents who've had to increase their hours to make ends meet it can feel like a kick in the teeth for their Council to reduce its working hours without any change to the tax they charge."
"I await the Council's proposals, and hope to see them consult their council tax payers before making a decision."
David was quoted on this issue in the Norwich Evening News. You can find the report here: