Wednesday, Nov 25, 2009

The start of the cuts.....

Guardian: Labour's plan to dismantle Whitehall revealed

''Tens of thousands of civil servants may be moved out of London in a dramatic downscaling of Whitehall under Labour plans to cut public debts and instil a culture of "smarter government''.
Leaked sections of a report to be published in a fortnight reveal that the government wants a review into the possibility of relocating some of the 132,000 civil servants and 90,000 employees of "arm's- length bodies" currently based in London and the south-east''

Posted by hpwatcher @ 08:52 PM (1225 views)
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1. hpwatcher said...

The first cut is the deepest.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009 08:58PM Report Comment

2. Peter said...

In other words:

keep or even increase the number of people on the government payroll - but move them to Labour marginal seats, where they can do most good in keeping a Labour government permanently in power.

No point in having too many government jobs where people tend to vote tory.

Is this cynical or what?

Wednesday, November 25, 2009 09:10PM Report Comment

3. Yoss said...

No better way to avoid expensive lay offs than a "Relocation, relocation, relocation".....DVLA did it and the quality of service went through the roof!

Wednesday, November 25, 2009 09:15PM Report Comment

4. jack c said...

This is nothing new and indeed has been openly mentioned on several occasions over recent years - IMO another of those ideas that might potentially be great in theory but in reality is unlikely to get off the starting blocks. As for all the talks about deep cuts in the Public sector whilst there will be some "trimming" large cuts inside of the next parliament are unlikely as it will stifle any recovery or crash the economy - what is now an odds on certainty is big Tax rises - eg VAT @ 20% by June/July 2010.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009 09:30PM Report Comment

5. drewster said...

I don't know whether this will have much impact on London house prices. Look at the USA: New York City is neither the national capital (Washington D.C.) nor the state capital (Albany), yet house prices in NYC are still very high. Similar story in Australia.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009 10:34PM Report Comment

6. stillthinking said...

I am sure jobs for Labour voters entered their thinking, as Peter says.

Maybe there will be not just the split between private/public working conditions, but also more so by region. Public employed regions, private employed regions.

Thursday, November 26, 2009 11:09AM Report Comment

7. cynicalsoothsayer said...

The private sector do this if they want to shed employees. Move your office far enough and not everyone goes with you.

Thursday, November 26, 2009 11:22AM Report Comment

8. letthemfall said...

"keep or even increase the number of people on the government payroll - but move them to Labour marginal seats, where they can do most good in keeping a Labour government permanently in power."

That is just cynicism and highly unlikely to be a serious consideration. Given that so much work is concentrated in the SE, one can see the sense of moving a large part of the civil service north. And I would have thought the true-blues here would welcome the cut to quangoes.

On the gerrymandering thing, the only example I can think of in recent history was the tory council at Westminster - Dame Shirley (Tescos) Porter's attempt to install her voters in the borough, for which she was prosecuted (after fleeing abroad).

Thursday, November 26, 2009 02:11PM Report Comment

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