Magazine article Public Finance

R&C Review Will Explore How to Cut Back Jobs

Magazine article Public Finance

R&C Review Will Explore How to Cut Back Jobs

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The Revenue and Customs department this week launched a £2.5bn review that will initiate thousands more civil service job cuts and close offices across the UK over the next five years.

Department officials were expected to announce the wide-ranging, two-year consultation on November 16, after Public Finance went to press.

Whitehall sources told PF that the consultation will outline how the R&C intends to lose the remaining 5,000 jobs from its target figure of 12,500 job cuts by 2008.

The consultation will assess staff appetite for voluntary redundancies and early retirement schemes.

It will also identify efficiencies that the department must make to meet a separate target to reduce its annual operating budget by 5% annually between 2008 and 2011. This was imposed by Chancellor Gordon Brown following his 2006 Budget.

Those efficiencies could also be linked to a government-wide target to sell £30bn worth of assets.

The R&C, which employs around 120,000 staff, said the consultation was 'merely a commitment to review' its operating arrangements, to 'improve its working practices and achieve better value for money for taxpayers', following the merger of the Inland Revenue and Customs & Excise departments.

But civil service trade unions claimed it was simply a cost-cutting exercise that would initiate damaging job cuts, particularly in 'fragile' local economies in Wales, Scotland and the North of England. …

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