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Norfolk County Council staff told to work from home 'until autumn'

Norfolk County Council staff who are currently working from their homes will continue to do so until at least the autumn, it emerged yesterday.

The authority has confirmed that workers who are carrying out their duties at home have now been informed that they will not return to their offices until September at the earliest.

It is understood the move is intended to help the council to focus on the continuing efforts to combat the coronavirus pandemic, though it has not been confirmed exactly how many staff are affected.

Norfolk County Council headquarters (3027764)
Norfolk County Council headquarters (3027764)

Earlier this month, the council held its first “virtual” cabinet meeting, in which members logged onto to an online conferencing platform to conduct their business while the public was able to view the proceedings via YouTube.

However, officials have so far not clarified whether the updated guidance to staff will also apply to meetings of council bodies which would normally be held in public at County Hall in Norwich.

Meanwhile, West Norfolk Council says it has no immediate plans for staff who are working from their homes to return to the authority’s Kings Court headquarters in Lynn.

A spokesman said: “We are reviewing staff working arrangements over the next couple of weeks as response turns to recovery. We will continue to take a phased and risk-based approach to balancing work requirements with the provision of a safe environment for all our staff.”

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