Tory plans threaten more than 4,000 DTI jobs

than 4,000 jobs would go at the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) under
plans spelled out by the Conservative party.

proposals are the latest instalment in the Tories’ plan for saving taxpayers’
cash by slimming down Government. They are set to be unveiled by shadow
chancellor Oliver Letwin, and shadow industry secretary Stephen O’Brien.

Conservatives said its proposals will streamline its functions and "stop
government from eating up so much of people’s money".

plans would mean a reduction of 4,060 posts at the DTI, made up of 3,395 civil
servants at the department’s London headquarters and 665 staff currently
working for the UK Trade & Investment organisation.

Tories said that all the job losses would be achieved through natural wastage
and voluntary redundancy.

staff would be focused on identifying and removing barriers to business growth,
deregulation of business, and representing business interests elsewhere in
Government, in the EU and overseas, said the Tories.

Liberal Democrats claim they will scrap the DTI altogether.

By Mike Berry

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