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The fight for the right to work from home has begun

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Want to start a row? Get everyone on to the topic of working from home. Does the increase in WFH herald the beginning of a new, more progressive workplace revolution – or is it a regrettable side-product of lockdown that ought to be nipped in the bud?

The answer to that question isn’t just igniting social media in a frenzy, it’s also splitting the Conservative Party.

Figures this week from the Centre for Cities think-tank showed that despite the Government dropping its working from home guidance, just one in five people working in cities across the UK had returned to the office by the end of July.

Given that the summer months tend to be quieter with many off on holiday, it’s September that’s long been viewed as the point by which workers would most likely return.

Yet there is little consensus across Government about the right approach.

When Rishi Sunak warned earlier this month that working from the office was important to a young person’s career progression it quickly led to a backlash.

But it was nothing on an anonymous cabinet minister’s briefing that those working from home should be paid less.

That led the Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng to hit back on a broadcast round, declaring that flexible working was here to stay.

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