Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Whitehall Jobs Bear Brunt of Public-Sector Spending Cuts

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Whitehall Jobs Bear Brunt of Public-Sector Spending Cuts

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Byline: Nicholas Cecil Chief Political Correspondent

WHITEHALL is being hardest hit by spending cuts with more than 5,000 civil servants' jobs axed in the past 14 months, according to an authoritative report.

The study by the respected Institute for Government found that Whitehall has been slashed by 10.9 per cent since the Spending Review last autumn, compared to 6.8 per cent for the non-Whitehall civil service and 4.3 per cent for the wider public sector including schools, hospitals and town halls.

It put the size of "core" Whitehall departments, after restructuring, at 43,240 full-time equivalent posts and the number of non-Whitehall civil servants at 400,560 in the third quarter of this year.

"The latest figures show a continuing trend of reductions in Whitehall since the Spending Review," said Justine Stephen of the IfG. "Whilst other areas of the public sector and local government have seen bigger reductions in absolute terms, as a proportion, Whitehall has taken a bigger hit."

The report highlighted that the Department for Work and Pensions is seeing the biggest number of job losses in Whitehall, with 450 from the "core" department over the last quarter.

But the Business Department, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and the Department for Transport saw their "cores" shrinking at faster rates of 23 per cent, 19 per cent and 17 per cent respectively. …

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