TaxPayers’ Alliance responds to Bassetlaw council leader ruling out plans for a four-day week

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James Naish, leader of Bassetlaw District Council, has ruled out plans to implement a four-day working week for council staff following a protest from the TaxPayers’ Alliance. This follows reports that Naish “planned to trial the four-day week to try to tackle recruitment and retention problems”.


Responding to these developments, Benjamin Elks, operations manager of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said:

"Local taxpayers will be relieved by the clear commitment to not bring a four-day week to the town hall.

"Council bosses in Bassetlaw have recognised the calls from residents and campaigners to keep a full time council.

"Other local authorities should take note and abandon any similar experiments."

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 is running a petition to Stop the Clock Off.

  4. TaxPayers’ Alliance research has previously revealed that rolling out a four-day working week across the public sector would cost £30 billion per year in lost working time

  5. The TaxPayers’ Alliance recently held a protest against the plans outside Bassetlaw District Council headquarters in Worksop.
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