Government claims to have saved £13.3bn and cut 55,000 jobs as part of Gershon review

A total of £13.3bn in efficiency gains have been made as part of the Gershon Review, the government has said.

These savings include a gross reduction of 54,963 civil service posts, and 10,574 posts relocated out of London and the South East.

The review aims to improve the government’s efficiency by cutting jobs, sharing resources and using IT systems more efficiently.

The figures show that the government remains on target to meet its 2008 efficiency target of £21.5bn in annual efficiency gains, with a gross reduction of 84,000 posts across the Civil Service.

Stephen Timms, chief secretary to the Treasury, said: “These figures confirm good progress is being made. And they provide the foundation for further ambition in the Comprehensive Spending Review, where we will look for far-reaching value for money programmes across all departments.”

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