We don’t support this browser anymore.
This means our website may not look and work as you would expect. Read more about browsers and how to update them here.

Skip to main content
  • Register
  • Help
  • Contact us

Boris Johnson calls for 90,000 civil service jobs to be cut to ease cost of living crisis

More than 90,000 civil servants are likely to lose their jobs in an attempt by Boris Johnson to find money to ease the cost of living crisis.

Article originally published by The Guardian. Hargreaves Lansdown is not responsible for its content or accuracy and may not share the author's views. News and research are not personal recommendations to deal. All investments can fall in value so you could get back less than you invest.

More than 90,000 civil servants are likely to lose their jobs in an attempt by Boris Johnson to find money to ease the cost of living crisis.

The prime minister is understood to have tasked the cabinet with cutting staff by a fifth, telling them every bit of cash saved on government spending could be better used elsewhere.

He is thought to have made the demand to ministers during an away day in Stoke-on-Trent on Thursday.

“We have got to cut the cost of government to reduce the cost of living,” he told the Daily Mail.

He hinted at future tax cuts, suggesting the billions saved from reducing civil servant numbers could help fund such measures.

“Every pound the government pre-empts from the taxpayer is money they can spend on their own priorities, on their own lives,” he said.

Johnson ordered ministers to return civil servant numbers to thoseof 2016 in the coming years, with staffing having increased by almost 25% to 475,000 full-time equivalent jobs.

Ministers will have a month to put together proposals for how they will achieve this within their departments.

A government spokesperson said: “The PM and ministers are clear that the civil service does an outstanding job delivering for the public and driving progress on the government’s priorities.

“But when people and businesses across the country are facing rising costs, the public rightly expect their government to lead by example and run as efficiently as possible.”

Sign up to First Edition, our free daily newsletter – every weekday morning at 7am BST

Johnson has reportedly indicated the government was poised to cut taxes amid the cost of living crisis – but the idea was quickly shut down by the Treasury.

“We will have the maximum energy, effort and ingenuity to help the British people,” Johnson said the following day.

“You know the money we’re already spending. Of course there will be more support in the months ahead, as things continue to be tough with the increase in energy prices.”

This article was written by Zaina Alibhai from The Guardian and was legally licensed through the Industry Dive Content Marketplace. Please direct all licensing questions to legal@industrydive.com.

Switch your money on podcast logo
Available online and via all major streaming apps.

Special guests give the inside scoop of the challenges and opportunities faced by key industry sectors. Plus, experts on business news, the onomic outlook and trends, and what’s driving their portfolios.


Listen to HL's podcast  

Newsroom: our daily email

Sign up to receive the daily headlines that matter to investors.


Please correct the following errors before you continue:

    Existing client? Please log in to your account to automatically fill in the details below.

    Loading

    Your postcode ends:

    Not your postcode? Enter your full address.

    Loading

    Hargreaves Lansdown PLC group companies will usually send you further information by post and/or email about our products and services. If you would prefer not to receive this, please do let us know. We will not sell or trade your personal data.

    Article originally published by The Guardian. Hargreaves Lansdown is not responsible for its content or accuracy and may not share the author's views. News and research are not personal recommendations to deal. All investments can fall in value so you could get back less than you invest.

    Free news email alerts

    • Daily and weekly news
    • Major Publishers
    Register