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.
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?