Civil service has already cut 12,500 jobs

The Chancellor announced during yesterday’s Budget speech that a massive cutback had seen thousands of civil service jobs axed and others relocated out of London.

As part of its response to the Gershon report on efficiency savings, the government is planning to get rid of more than 100,000 civil service jobs in the next few years, including 30,000 at the Department for Work and Pensions.

The first 12,500 posts have been cut and 7,800 have been moved away from the capital, Gordon Brown said, and £2bn of savings have already been made.

The Treasury has also revealed that another 200 jobs are to go at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

The Department of Trade and Industry will have cut 560 posts by the end of this month, while an extra 400 jobs will go from the Inland Revenue and Customs & Excise.


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