Government departments at risk under Conservative plans

The
Conservatives would abolish at least two government departments to cut down on
civil service waste, according to newspaper reports.

The
Financial Times reports that David James, the head of the party’s review into
Whitehall waste, would outstrip plans to axe 100,000 jobs from the civil
service, and look at "the complete closure of certain departments".

The
paper says the departments earmarked for closure could include the Cabinet
Office, the Department for Constitutional Affairs, and the Department for
Culture, Media and Sport.

He
also raised doubts that the Conservatives could stick to their promise that
most redundancies would be voluntary.

Last
month, chancellor Gordon Brown announced government plans to cut more than
100,000 civil service jobs following recommendations in the Gershon report.

By Mike Berry

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