Campaigners for a shorter working week have welcomed plans to trial a four-day week by civil servants in Scotland, although the policy has not yet been formally announced. Scottish government sources say the first trials would be carried out by public sector agencies at arm’s length from ministerial departments. Adopting a four-day week has won significant political support but so far only South Cambridgeshire district council has introduced pilot projects to test it in practice. Joe Ryle, director of the 4 Day Week campaign, said Scotland would be breaking new ground if the measure was adopted by the civil service for the first time. “It would be very much spearheading this,” he said. Scottish first minister Humza Yousaf is expected to announce the trial as part of his policy statement to attempt a reset for his government.