Magazine article Public Finance

Whitehall Boasts of Job Cuts as PCS Votes for Two-Day Strike

Magazine article Public Finance

Whitehall Boasts of Job Cuts as PCS Votes for Two-Day Strike

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The Cabinet Office believes that Whitehall is on target to meet its 70,000 civil service job cuts target by 2008, with new figures showing a decrease of 3,500 staff in the third quarter of 2005.

Public sector employment figures, published by the Office for National Statistics on January 13, shows that there were 566,700 civil servants in September 2005 - 3,560 fewer than in June.

A breakdown published by the Cabinet Office the same day shows that 14 of Whitehall's 23 core departments cut staff numbers. Revenue & Customs, the second largest, axed 920 staff, including 1,110 full-time jobs. It has taken on more part-time staff.

A Cabinet Office spokesman said the overall cut 'provides more evidence that the government is on course to meet its target'.

But some departments slowed their progress against the target.

The Department for Work and Pensions, which claims to have cut 14,000 of its 30,000 target, axed 240 posts last summer. …

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