Dominic Raab pleads for Britons to get back to the office

'It is damaging the economy': Dominic Raab pleads for Britons to get back to the office - but civil service is still advertising jobs working from home

By James Tapsfield, Political Editor For Mailonline

Published: 16:20 BST, 6 September 2020 | Updated: 16:20 BST, 6 September 2020

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Dominic Raab today issued a fresh plea for Britons to get back to the office - despite the civil service still advertising jobs working from home.

The Foreign Secretary warned that remote working is 'damaging to the economy' as he insisted a 'controlled' return would help the country 'bounce back'. 

But MPs have accused Whitehall bosses of making a 'mockery' of the government's push by advertising 'work from home only' jobs.

The Ministry of Defence, the Department of Health, Public Health England and the Food Standards Agency are among those advertising work from home only jobs. 

Speaking on the BBC's Andrew Marr Show, Mr Raab pointed to good news about the strength of the recovery, with Amazon investing in new jobs and the Bank of England hopeful of a sharp uptick in GDP. 

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab told the BBC's Andrew Marr Show (pictured) that remote working is 'damaging to the economy' as he insisted a 'controlled' return would help the country 'bounce back'

Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab told the BBC's Andrew Marr Show (pictured) that remote working is 'damaging to the economy' as he insisted a 'controlled' return would help the country 'bounce back'

MPs have accused Whitehall bosses of making a 'mockery' of the government's push by advertising 'work from home only' jobs. Pictured, Whitehall last week

MPs have accused Whitehall bosses of making a 'mockery' of the government's push by advertising 'work from home only' jobs. Pictured, Whitehall last week

But Mr Raab said of remote working: 'It's damaging to the economy. We've seen in lockdown a massive shrinking of the economy. We are trying to bounce back as strongly as possible... 

'The important thing is, yes, of course we're going to all do a bit more remote working in the future, but it does make a difference. 

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