TaxPayers’ Alliance responds to plans for a four-day week trial for civil servants in Scotland

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Responding to reports that civil servants in Scotland will be offered a four-day week, John O’Connell, chief executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said:

“Scots have no appetite for a part time public sector. 

“A four-day week with no loss of pay will mean either worse services or a huge cost to taxpayers if the promised productivity gains don’t pay off. 

“The Scottish government should abandon plans for this bonkers experiment and stop the clock off.” 


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

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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 Times has reported that the Scottish Government is planning to offer civil servants the opportunity to work four-day weeks.

  4. The TPA recently revealed that Audit Scotland had begun discussions on how a four-day week could be approached. 

  5. The TPA was instrumental in forcing Bassetlaw District Council to rule out plans to implement a four-day week.

  6. The TPA previously revealed that a public sector four-day week could cost taxpayers £30bn in lost time and analysed claims that productivity gains could make up for a reduction in working hours.
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