John McDonnell shapes Labour case for four-day week

Economist Lord Skidelsky working with shadow chancellor on ‘practical possibilities of reducing the working week’

John McDonnell, the Labour shadow chancellor, is in discussions with the distinguished economist Lord Skidelsky about an independent inquiry into cutting the working week, possibly from the traditional five days to four.

The academic, who has a longstanding interest in the future of work, confirmed he was talking to the shadow chancellor about “the practical possibilities of reducing the working week”.

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