Sunak commits to Civil Service cuts as a part of plan for Whitehall ‘shake-up’

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ishi Sunak has dedicated to reducing Civil Service jobs as a part of a “shake up” of the “bloated post-Covid state” that will additionally require senior civil servants to spend a 12 months working outdoors of Whitehall if they need promotion.

The Sunak marketing campaign mentioned the plans for the Civil Service embrace reducing the “again workplace” headcount, altering pay rewards from being based mostly on longevity to efficiency, bringing again a model of the suspended fast-stream graduate recruitment programme, and championing the usage of apprenticeships.

The Tory management hopeful and former chancellor mentioned the “bloated post-Covid state is in want of a shake-up” and dedicated to reforms to create a “leaner” and “actually Rolls Royce service”.

The FDA union, which represents senior civil servants, described the proposal as “ill-thought out rhetoric that doesn’t survive the primary hour of scrutiny”.

When Mr Sunak was nonetheless in submit as chancellor, the Authorities mentioned it supposed to cut back the dimensions of the Civil Service by round 90,000, so as to return it to 2016 staffing ranges.

I’ll press forward with cuts to again workplace Civil Service headcount, recruiting and retaining the brightest and greatest

However the Sunak marketing campaign has not dedicated to a determine for modifications to the overall headcount.

As a part of its plans, the Sunak marketing campaign additionally mentioned it might “sort out Civil Service groupthink” and deepen understanding of enterprise by making certain all senior civil servants spend at the very least a 12 months of their profession on secondments or exterior placements outdoors of Whitehall or in trade earlier than they’ll obtain additional promotion.

And extra senior civil servants could be required to spend time outdoors of London beneath the plans, the Sunak marketing campaign mentioned.

Mr Sunak mentioned: “As chancellor I noticed elements of the British Civil Service at its greatest, delivering world-class Covid assist schemes in document time. However the bloated post-Covid state is in want of a shake-up so I’ll create a sharper, leaner civil service.

“I’ll press forward with cuts to again workplace Civil Service headcount, recruiting and retaining the brightest and greatest.

“I’ll strengthen civil servants’ expertise past Whitehall, permit ministers to usher in extra exterior experience, and herald efficiency pay so now we have a really Rolls Royce service delivering for and accountable to the British folks.”

Additionally included are plans to cut back the variety of workers transferring from division to division, an goal to make sure civil servants come from throughout the nation and work from extra areas outdoors of London, solely paying “beneficiant” efficiency administration funds when goals are met, and a requirement for higher financial savings from quangos, in accordance with the Sunak marketing campaign.

FDA normal secretary Dave Penman mentioned: “Rishi Sunak’s proposals present he doesn’t perceive the fundamentals of how the civil service operates.

“With Brexit nonetheless a piece in progress, enormous backlogs in public providers from the pandemic, a brand new conflict on mainland Europe, a cost-of-living disaster, and now a looming recession, the nation wants a chief minister who can equip the civil service with the sources and expertise it wants to satisfy the challenges forward, not ill-thought out rhetoric that doesn’t survive the primary hour of scrutiny.”

Amongst his critiques, Mr Penman argued that pay has not been linked to longevity for almost 20 years.

Mr Sunak’s management rival Liz Truss has already promised a “conflict on Whitehall waste”, however she deserted plans to chop £8.8 billion from public sector pay outdoors of London after a backlash.

The International Secretary mentioned the proposal had been “misrepresented”, however however mentioned she wouldn’t go forward with regional pay boards.


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