South Cambridgeshire Council extends four day week experiment to March 2024

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Responding to South Cambridgeshire District Council’s (SCDC) decision to extend its four day working week experiment to March 2024, Elliot Keck, investigations campaign manager of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said:

"Local residents will be furious that the council has extended this mad experiment.

“Despite the trial’s disappointing results that even council bosses have struggled to spin, South Cambridgeshire are rolling the dice with taxpayers’ cash on the line.

“Local authorities considering their own working arrangements should make clear that a part-time council is not on the agenda.”


TPA spokespeople are available for live and pre-recorded broadcast interviews via 07795 084 113 (no texts)


Media contact:

Conor Holohan
Media Campaign Manager, TaxPayers' Alliance
[email protected]
24-hour media hotline: 07795 084 113 (no texts)


Notes to editors:

  1. Founded in 2004 by Matthew Elliott and Andrew Allum, the TaxPayers' Alliance (TPA) campaigns to reform taxes and public services, cut waste and speak up for British taxpayers. Find out more at

  2. TaxPayers' Alliance's advisory council.

  3. The TaxPayers’ Alliance (TPA) believes that the public sector is not the place to be trialling this experiment, which is the equivalent to an extra 52 days of annual leave, and is running a petition to stop the council clock off.

  4. SCDC’s trial has been running since January 2023, and means that staff work 80 per cent of hours for 100 per cent pay.

  5. TPA analysis of council performance during the trial identified that only five of 16 key performance indicators saw an improvement during the trial, relative to previous years
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