This morning Conservative MP Richard Bacon came out on Radio 4’s Today Programme on behalf of his committee, The Public Accounts Committee, to announce possible job cuts within the civil service.
In a bid to continue balancing the books, the government is now looking at savings that could be made internally. The first thing on the agenda – the civil service.
A report produced by the Parliamentary committee believes that introducing a number of compulsory redundancies could result in a saving of £400 million per year.
A proposed 18,000 jobs could be lost over the next year if the report is followed through, despite warnings from committee members who claim the scheme could be “short-lived” if the government doesn’t rejig responsibilities between departments quickly enough.
Another consideration is the cost of redudancy payments – which for 18,000 civil servants comes to roughly £600 million. Proponnets of the scheme however believe that it will take no longer that 15 months to make up the losses and start making substantial savings.
On this last point, Richard Bacon MP comments:
“Although departments have moved quickly to reduce staff numbers, few appear to be giving thought to how they are going to operate permanently with a lower number of staff. It is imperative that they do so.
Without a fundamental redesign in departments’ working practices, staff numbers will probably rise as soon as restrictions on recruitment and spending have been lifted. The savings that have been achieved in staff costs will not be sustainable unless departments now complete long-term operating models for their businesses.”