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The recruitment freeze on the Civil Service first implemented last May will be extended, the Government has announced.
The recruitment freeze on the Civil Service first implemented last May will be extended, the Government has announced .
As part of a new raft of efficiency measures to save £3bn, the Cabinet Office claims the extension of the temporary recruitment freeze will continue to save on costs.
It’s estimated that £120m has already been saved through the freeze on external recruitment.
Originally, the freeze had been set to be lifted at the end of the financial year in 2011, but now it could possibly remain in place until the end of the spending review in 2015.
Francis Maude, minister for the Cabinet Office, said: ”We promised that we would do everything to ensure we were in the strongest possible position to protect services and jobs on the front line.
”What we have shown today is that if you are prepared to really look, billions can be saved from overheads and unnecessary costs at the centre of the Government – without touching frontline services.
”I really hope that when people look at the numbers they too will want to replicate this kind of approach elsewhere in the public sector.”
Figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show employment in the Civil Service fell by 8,000 between the second and third quarter of last year.
”The taxpaying public is entitled to expect a good deal and that is what we will continue to push for,” said Mr Maude.
”As well as immediate savings, some of the new measures introduced today will enable us in the future to get rid of previous inefficiencies in the way we have bought goods and services and reinforce that as one of the country’s biggest customers – Government expects to receive a scale discount.”
Other measures announced include all Civil Service redundancy schemes to be approved by the Cabinet office before being offered to staff to ensure value for money, and only essential expenditure on new advertising and marketing will be allowed.
Danny Alexander, chief secretary to the Treasury, said: ”Giving departments the tools to be tough on wasteful spending is essential to help reduce the deficit whilst protecting the Government’s priorities.
”A seismic shift in Whitehall’s spending culture is needed and, building on the measures we have already taken, these new controls are the next stage in delivering that change.”