"The situation is most serious at the DWP, which was instructed to cut 40,000 of its 130,786. The DWP's departmental report, published last week, reveals that in 2007/08 it plans to employ 107,580 full-time and part-time staff - just 23,206 fewer than when the efficiency review was implemented and nearly 17,000 short of target."
And that's even without counting the fact that DWP doesn't include its ballooning legions of temporary staff in the total anyway (see this blog).
Other departments targeted for cuts are now actually planning to increase staff:
- Department for Transport- target reduction 650; now plans an increase of 1,406
- Home Office- target reduction 2,700; now plans an increase of 4,000
- Law Officers Department- target reduction 50; now plans an increase of 400
As we blogged before, the best moment in the Budget speech was when Gordo tried to brag about Gershon and everyone just laughed. Sounds like tears will be needed next time.
PS On our recent drive back from Norfolk, Mrs T and I amused ourselves by trying to decide the best from the many thousands of half-baked New Labour initiatives that never actually got implemented, and are now simply ignored by everyone in the real world. Banning mobile phones while driving was an obvious one- usage is now pretty well universal. Banning fox hunting. Banning handguns. Banning anti-social behaviour. Banning bogus asylum seekers. Banning reoffending. Banning waiting lists. Banning exam failure. Banning disrespect. And soon, banning unhappiness.