I have been asking questions of departments to see how they are getting on with their plans to cut the government overhead.
So far I have only had two replies. The Overseas Aid Department tells me they have increased their staff from 2357 in 2010 to 2512 now, a net increase of 155. They have recruited 327 new people to replace leavers as well as grow the staff numbers. The Climate Change Department has also boosted its staff from 1036 in 2010 to 1286 today, a net gain of 250. They have recruited 435 people.
I will keep you posted when I find out how the bigger departments are getting on with the cuts.
Meanwhile, yesterday’s figures for tax revenues, spending and borrowing confirmed the analysis of this site that tax revenues are suffering badly from tax saturation. Taxes on income and wealth fell 3% this April compared with April 2011. Total tax rose just 1%. Current spending continued to rise in cash and real terms, as in the Red Book. It was running 3.8% higher in cash terms in April 2012 compared to April 2011.
The Home Office staff numbers are down by 16.4%, Treasury by 13.5%, Health by 11.3%, Justice by 10.3% and Transport by 8.5%. Culture etc is up by 3.5% to cater for the Olympics. These are two year figures for the changes.