Jacob Rees Mogg discusses civil servants amid passport delays
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Rachel Johnson said she backed plans from Brexit Opportunities Minister Jacob Rees-Mogg to pressure civil servants into returning to work from Westminster now Covid restrictions have been lifted. Mr Rees-Mogg has faced backlash after photos emerged over the weekend of a note he left in one of Whitehall’s offices voicing his hope of meeting staff after seemingly finding no one on location. Ms Johnson said she was supportive of a “hybrid” working approach but reiterated the importance of resuming normal office routines.
The LBC presenter said: “I’m quite happy to have a bit of hybrid working and a bit of flex in everybody’s schedule but I think I essentially agree with Jacob Rees-Mogg.
“If you don’t go back to the office in person you are basically signalling to your bosses that they can reassign your position.
“I think maybe that is what is needed.
“I’m in the middle of an administrative, bureaucratic nightmare to do with probate and the delay for probate because people are working from home I think is up to a year.”
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She also voiced her frustration at the severe delays reported in processing documents at the DVLA.
Ms Johnson added: “It’s holding up people’s lives because people are sitting at home working from home.
“They’re on their pelotons, they’re not on their bikes trying to find jobs, they’ve got jobs, but they’re on their pelotons, they’re watching Netflix and they’re home working.
“I know there will be people that say it’s much easier to combine childcare or caring for elderly parent with home working and I take that point.
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“But I do think Jacob Rees-Mogg is probably right on this and if you have taken a job on the assumption that you will be in your department, you will be having face-to-face meetings, you will be doing all the things you used to do in person… then I think you are contractually bound to do that.”
Mr Rees-Mogg this weekend suggested people failing to resume working from London may be facing being moved to lower-paid positions.
He said that “if people are not back in their office, it will be fair to assume the job does not need to be in London.”
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“If people are not back in their office, it will be fair to assume the job does not need to be in London.”
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