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I'm not impressed with Johnson, believing him to be a self-serving say-anything-to-get-elected kinda politician (aren't they all like that?), but he's on the right path with this one.

The fundamental reason for Britain to unass the EU was not just independence and autonomy, but to cut the bureaucracy and red tape that goes with any bloated, out of control organization like the EU.

Time to start cleaning house and pull a bunch of people off the public dole.

Maybe Boris can be an example and cut his own salary by 20%?

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson is reportedly planning to dramtically reduce the size of the civil service to bring back the deep state numbers to pre-Brexit levels.

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: “We should be asking ourselves, why does it cost so much for a passport? Often it’s because the cost has been jacked up over the years to support the cost of the organisation providing them.

“What is the chief driver of those costs? Headcount. If we can do more with AI… potentially it could be cheaper.”

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 £3.5 billion per year.

It is unclear, however, if the government actually intends to follow through with the cuts, or if it is rather a negotiating tactic with the civil service unions, which are currently in a battle with the government over the ability for government employees to continue working from home, or even from abroad, despite the government lifting all coronavirus lockdown restrictions.

The FDA union, which represents senior civil servants, has argued that “work is no longer a place, but what is done”, and therefore pledged to “resist indiscriminate demands from the Government for civil servants’ return to office-based working.”

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, general secretary of the FDA said: “This culture war against the Civil Service has to stop… you do your job and let the management of the Civil Service get on with theirs.”

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https://www.breitbart.com/europe/2022/05/13/drain-the-swamp-boris-looks-to-axe-91000-civil-servant-jobs/
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Re: Drain the Swamp? Boris Looks to Axe 91,000 Civil Servant Jobs
« Reply #1 on: May 15, 2022, 03:00:43 PM »
I'm not impressed with Johnson, believing him to be a self-serving say-anything-to-get-elected kinda politician (aren't they all like that?), but he's on the right path with this one.

The fundamental reason for Britain to unass the EU was not just independence and autonomy, but to cut the bureaucracy and red tape that goes with any bloated, out of control organization like the EU.

Time to start cleaning house and pull a bunch of people off the public dole.

Maybe Boris can be an example and cut his own salary by 20%?

Rest at the link.

https://www.breitbart.com/europe/2022/05/13/drain-the-swamp-boris-looks-to-axe-91000-civil-servant-jobs/


A lot of this can be accomplished thru attrition.  Every time someone quits/gets fired/retires conduct an analysis of their position and see if their tasks can be farmed out.  Take a portion of the cost savings from not filling the old position and bump pay for the new responsibilities.  (If someone makes $40k/year, the .Gov is spending about another $40K on benefits (sick leave, vacation, medical insurance, retirement package etc).  You wind up with a leaner organization while paying the remaining staff better.
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Re: Drain the Swamp? Boris Looks to Axe 91,000 Civil Servant Jobs
« Reply #2 on: May 18, 2022, 07:46:57 PM »
A lot of this can be accomplished thru attrition.  Every time someone quits/gets fired/retires conduct an analysis of their position and see if their tasks can be farmed out.  Take a portion of the cost savings from not filling the old position and bump pay for the new responsibilities.  (If someone makes $40k/year, the .Gov is spending about another $40K on benefits (sick leave, vacation, medical insurance, retirement package etc).  You wind up with a leaner organization while paying the remaining staff better.

Zackly. But that takes management actually doing its job, and in our bloated government system, management looks out for itself and its turf. Screw the taxpayer.
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