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More councils may transfer to a four-day working week underneath the Labour authorities after a report discovered encouraging outcomes from a trial, reduced-hours campaigners declare.

It comes after South Cambridgeshire District Council launched a four-day week for workers, with a research on the pilot by lecturers on the universities of Cambridge and Salford discovering the transfer elevated worker well being and motivation.

The impartial evaluation printed on Monday stated the decreased week additionally introduced improved efficiency and productiveness, with fewer refuse collectors handing of their discover.

Residents benefitted from quicker planning choices, emergency home repairs, with complaints additionally dealt with extra swiftly, in keeping with report.

The Lib Dem-run native authority launched the trial for workers to do “100 per cent of the work in 80 per cent of the time” in January final 12 months, earlier than broadening it to incorporate waste service employees.

Joe Ryle, marketing campaign director of the 4 Day Week Campaign, stated the outcomes proved that “a four-day week with no loss of pay absolutely can succeed in a local government setting”.

“With a more sympathetic Labour government now in place, there is a huge opportunity for councils and organisations across the public sector to start planning for a four-day working week,” he added.

The scheme was beforehand criticised by the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities underneath the Tories, which known as on the council to axe it because it vowed to guard taxpayer’s worth for cash.

But the council opted to push on and now says “the brave and pioneering trial has clearly been a success”.

The council’s personal analysis discovered that employees turnover plummeted by 39 p.c in the course of the trial, saving £371,500, most of which might have been spent on drafting in company employees, in keeping with officers.

It additionally noticed common family planning functions sped per week and a half, on common, it stated.

Jeff Membery, the council’s head of head of transformation, HR and company companies stated: “Overall the data shows that job retention has improved, recruitment has improved, health and wellbeing has improved, whilst performance has been at least maintained.”

Prominent members of Labour’s newly-appointed Cabinet have beforehand voiced assist for a decreased working week together with Energy Secretary Ed Miliband and Deputy PM Angela Rayner.

Last 12 months, Rayner inspired companies take into account four-day working weeks, after a large-scale trial involving 2,900 employees throughout dozens of corporations produced constructive outcomes.

“If you haven’t already looked at [the trial]please do,” she told business leaders.

“In terms of the four-day working week, it goes back to the first question about flexible working. If you can deliver within a four-day working week, then why not?”

The Labour Party has been approached for remark.