Prime minister Boris Johnson is said to be attempting to reduce the size and scope of the civil service in order to restore the pre-Brexit deep state numbers.
At present there are around 475,020 full-time civil servants in Britain, a figure which has risen by 21 per cent (82,5000) since the British public voted to leave the heavily bureaucratic European Union in 2016.
Amid the cost of living crisis and ongoing disputes with the civil service over demands from government employees to continue to work from home and for pay rises, the government is looking to cut some 91,000 deep state staff, ITV reported.
Commenting on the plan, Prime Minister Boris Johnson told the Daily Mail: “We have got to cut the cost of government to reduce the cost of living.”
Johnson explained that a passport costs so much. It’s often because the cost of providing passports has increased over time to cover the costs of the organization that provides them.
“What is the chief driver of those costs? Headcount. Headcount.
This government, which has levied the highest tax burden on the British public since the 1950s, has argued that the civil service cuts could reduce the cost of operating Whitehall by PS3.5 billion per year.
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It’s unclear if the government intends to carry out the cuts or if it’s a negotiation tactic with civil service unions. They are currently fighting with the government over whether government employees can continue to work from home or abroad despite lifting all coronavirus lockdowns.
The FDA union represents senior civil servants and has stated that “work is not a place anymore, but what it is done”. It pledged to resist “indiscriminate demands by the Government for civil servants’ return to office-based work
The union has demanded that government employees should be able to determine where it is best for them to work, rather than being required to work from government offices, with a potential strike looming if they are forced to return.
Dave Penman was the general secretary of FDA. He stated: “This culture war against Civil Service must stop… You do your job, and let the Civil Service management get on with their .”
The government’s Minister of State for Brexit Opportunities and Government Efficiency Jacob Rees-Mogg, who drew headlines last month for leaving notes on the empty desks of civil servants, accused the union of demonstrating a “lazy” work ethic.
” This motion is a game changer. It undermines the many hardworking civil servants by creating the false impression that they want to be as lazy as their union leaders,” Rees-Mogg told The Telegraph.
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