Sajid Javid has drawn up secret plans to sack up to 40 per cent of his department’s staff despite being locked in a battle to save British steel from extinction, documents leaked to The Telegraph have revealed.
Detailed proposals from the management consultancy McKinsey suggest firing more than 4,000 civil servants over the next four years to save money.
The cuts are a major escalation to those outlined by George Osborne in last year’s spending review which demanded a 17 per cent decrease in spending by 2020.
The revelation that Mr Javid, the Business Secretary, is considering such deep cuts while facing accusations the department is failing to cope with the steel crisis will likely cause embarrassment.
That steel crisis needs perhaps two people working on it. One to shout that the blast furnaces are going to go whatever, the other to shout that there’s a line of people wanting to buy everything except the blast furnaces.
And that’s before we consider the point that we shouldn’t actually have a business department…..