Blow for PM's back to office push as 74% want to keep working from home

Blow for PM's push to get Britons back to the office as 74% want to keep working from home as Number 10 postpones its WFH PR blitz - but nearly half admit the economy is being damaged

By James Tapsfield, Political Editor For Mailonline

Published: 13:22 BST, 3 September 2020 | Updated: 13:22 BST, 3 September 2020

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Boris Johnson's push to get Britons back to the office suffered another blow today with a poll showing that three-quarters want to keep working from home.

Research for Mailonline found 74 per cent who had been doing their job at home during lockdown would prefer to continue to do so, at least some of the time.

There is also widespread distrust of the government's claim that it is safe to return to offices, with 37 per cent saying they believe that is the case but 40 per cent saying it is not. 

The resistance to the drive comes despite the public overwhelmingly agreeing that remote working will damage the economy, by a margin of 42 per cent to 27 per cent. 

Ministers have been warning that previously thriving town and city centres could collapse due to footfall disappearing.

However, a publicity campaign to encourage people to return has been delayed from this week, seemingly due to concerns that more civil servants should be in offices first.

Research for Mailonline found 74 per cent who had been at home during lockdown would prefer to continue to do so, at least some of the time

Research for Mailonline found 74 per cent who had been at home during lockdown would prefer to continue to do so, at least some of the time

There is also widespread distrust of the government's claim that it is safe to return to offices, with 37 per cent saying they believe that is the case but 40 per cent saying it is not

There is also widespread distrust of the government's claim that it is safe to return to offices, with 37 per cent saying they believe that is the case but 40 per cent saying it is not

The resistance to the drive comes despite the public overwhelmingly agreeing that remote working will damage the economy, by a margin of 42 per cent to 27 per cent

The resistance to the drive comes despite the public overwhelmingly agreeing that remote working will damage the economy, by a margin of 42 per cent to 27 per cent

There has been growing Tory unrest at the situation, with Sir Graham Brady, chair of the 1922 backbench committee, complaining this morning there had been a problem for 'months' with official guidance on working from home contradicting the

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