Civil Servants: Return to the Office

Part of Cabinet Office – in the House of Commons on 24th February 2022.

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Photo of Steve Barclay Steve Barclay Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster

We are clear, in relation to areas of reserved authority, that we are a UK Government—indeed, the Prime Minister is the Minister for the Union—and we have been clear on that in our messaging with Departments. The point is that many staff want to get back into the office, particularly those who do not have the benefit of a larger house, a garden and perhaps an office at home. There are often important opportunities that come from being in the office that are not always available when they work from home.