Town Council to Consider Working From Home More Permanently

Remote meetings of the Town Council have become the norm

COVID-19 restrictions have meant that council staff normally based in their Peel Street offices in Houghton Regis have had to work from home. And at its next Corporate Services meeting councillors are to consider adopting more flexible working arrangements on a permanent basis.

Due to the coronavirus Councillors have been holding their meetings online and staff have been working from home. During staff appraisals held in July feedback from staff was that they felt that working from home had allowed them to be more productive in some aspects of their role. 

A Personnel Sub-Committee of  Houghton Regis Town Council discussed the idea of staff continuing to work from home once restrictions were lifted. At its meeting on 14 September, the Council's Corporate Services committee will consider this suggestion further.

The Town Council already operates a Flexi-Time Scheme which enables staff to work their contractual hours between 8am and 6pm, with core hours being 10am to midday and 2pm to 4pm. In response to Covid-19 the council has established working from home for all office-based staff. 

It is thought that the Office Reception would still be opened in accordance with government guidelines and for this to be staffed on a rota basis.

The 2020 Regulations regarding council meetings indicate that remote working in some form may continue until 7th May 2021. As such it is suggested that the council consider home working under an informal arrangement until this date.

  • Further information is available by downloading the Houghton Regis Town Council Corporate Services Agenda for 14 September, available online. Anyone can attend the meeting virtually on 14 September at 7pm by following the instructions on the top of the Agenda.