Cabinet Office Minister Michael Gove has confirmed that remote working in the Civil Service will be a lever to enable the Government's 'Levelling-Up' agenda.
Hybrid remote and office-based working will be "crucial to delivering on our mission to be a Government more like the country we serve, with more officials and as importantly ministers outside of London, and great career prospects regardless of where you work."
The FDA is the trade union for senior and middle management civil servants and public service professionals, and was formerly known as the Association of First Division Civil Servants.
Gove said that Civil Servants working from home had "pioneered new ways of working in order to continue to serve ministers and the public during the pandemic" and noted that these new approaches had enabled Government to respond rapidly and keep going.
There had been "important learning" about the role of technology in providing a vital backup, and this would be taken into account as the Government sought to take advantage of "the benefits of home and office working".
James is the Editor of Government Transformation magazine, and has been covering digital government and public sector reform for 20 years. He also oversees the development of the agenda for the UK's biggest public sector transformation conference.