Slashing the civil service

Running costs are to be cut by half at the Department for Education in a radical experiment that may be copied across Whitehall, The Times has learnt.

About a thousand career civil servants, a quarter of the department’s total workforce, face redundancy within two years as the ministry downsizes to focus on priority work. Spending will fall by £290 million.

Hurrah!

Jawad Raza, of the First Division Association, which represents top civil servants, said that the union was “deeply concerned” by the cuts. “The department will need to identify which areas of work will be abandoned,” he said.

Yes, yes it will. Sadly, it appears that only 50% is going to be abandoned rather than the 100% which is more sensible.

Given the academy/free school system all we actually need is an accounts department in Whitehall: so we can abolish all the LEAs as well. Hundreds of thousands of people, tens of thousands of qualified teachers, freed up to do something useful. How sad, eh?

6 comments on “Slashing the civil service

  1. Time for real reforms.

    Restructuring the state to do what it ought to do and no more.

    More resources (minds of people, people and money) for private investment. For those who are not conversant with the real world, that means a stronger private (non-state) economy, eventually more real jobs with real value added functions which do not cost millions each, more wealth creation and a solid tax base for those things we need to do as a society.

    Given the propensity of all politicians to get even simple things wrong, I would like this first to be very closely watched to make sure they get it right. Let’s look on it as an experiment and see what happens.

  2. In my experience, a fair number of LEA staff are there because they couldn’t hack school life. As to things going wrong on Mr Gove, it will be the education taliban in his department who will be straining every nerve to ensure failure.

  3. About a thousand career civil servants, a quarter of the department’s total workforce, face redundancy within two years as the ministry downsizes to focus on priority work. Spending will fall by £290 million.

    Sack a 1,000 people and save £290m? That’s £290k per head. Something is clearly amiss in that department.

  4. “Sack a 1,000 people and save £290m? That’s £290k per head. Something is clearly amiss in that department.”

    Not just salary+costs: their job is to spend money!

  5. J^2,

    That’s the admin budget not what they spend. Even allowing for central London offices prices £290k all up per employee is staggering.

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