UK Minister Calls Civil Servants To Return To Offices

United Kingdom’s minister for government efficiency said cabinet ministers must urge civil servants to return to office as government departments barely reach half of the on-site attendance.

In a letter to UK ministers, Jacob Rees-Mogg said that civil servants must return to office buildings as all legal restrictions have been lifted in England. He also said that people have already been learning to live with COVID-19.

Government departments barely reach half of the on-site attendance as civil servants have adopted the work-from-home arrangement.

Reports said that Rees-Mogg sent ministers data of workers going to office since April 4. The Department of Education has recorded a daily average of 25 percent of its staff working in the office, the Department for Work and Pensions with 27 percent, and the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office with 31 percent.

“We must continue to accelerate the return of civil servants to office buildings to realise the benefits of face-to-face, collaborative working and the wider benefits for the economy,” Rees-Mogg said.

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