Government is not prepared for civil service staffing cuts

Marion Dakers
CIVIL service cutbacks will lead to chaos in government departments unless they plan properly for life with lower staff numbers, a Commons committee warned yesterday.

The public accounts committee found that departments have not thought about coping with workloads after cutting headcounts by 35,000 last year to meet targets in the 2010 spending review, meaning that “there are significant risks to service delivery”. Compulsory redundancies are also looming, it added.

The Treasury’s records of redundancy payments are already badly disorganised, the committee warned.