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Council staff told to work from home to save money

A TORY council is telling staff to work from home one day a week so that it can save cash by keeping council buildings closed.

Shropshire County Council’s “bizarre” instruction was condemned yesterday by general union GMB.

Office staff will be expected to work from home on Fridays, when non-office workers will perform their duties on a “mobile or agile” basis.

GMB said the plan had “come out of the blue” and the union had not been consulted.

Senior organiser for public services Stuart Richards said: “Following the financial collapse of Northamptonshire County Council, we’ve seen councils adopt increasingly desperate measures to cope with the Tory government’s austerity cuts that have seen services cut to the bone.

“GMB has requested an urgent meeting with the council to try to understand what on Earth they are doing here. We’ll be consulting our members closely on what steps we’ll be taking in response.”

The council’s spending is £6.9 million overbudget in the current financial year.

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