PM Johnson Orders To Slash One-Fifth Of Civil Service Jobs, Aims To Free Up Billions For Tax Cuts

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Highlights:

  • PM Johnson asked his top team to redouble their efforts to ease financial pressure on struggling families
  • Johnson gave his ministers a period of 30 days to slash 91,000 jobs and save 3.5 billion pounds ($4.25 billion) a year
  • The leader has been experiencing mounting pressure to resign from the opposition party

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has directed ministers to reduce one-fifth of civil service jobs, in an attempt to free up billions for tax cuts. He further asked his top team to redouble their efforts to ease financial pressure on struggling families, adding that the “cost of living” is currently too high.

A local media publication quoted the Prime Minister saying, “Every pound the Government pre-empts from the taxpayer is money they can spend on their own priorities, on their own lives.” It further noted that Johnson gave his ministers a period of 30 days to slash 91,000 jobs and save 3.5 billion pounds ($4.25 billion) a year.

Emphasizing the need for more officials to get back into the workplace, PM Johnson said, “We need to get back into a habit of getting into the office, getting the workplace. There will be lots of people who disagree with me, but I believe people are more productive, more energetic, more full of ideas when they are surrounded by other people.”

After the report was published, the Scottish leader of the FDA trade union, Dave Penman tweeted, “Unless they’ve got a serious plan, it’s either another headline-grabbing stunt or a reckless slash-and-burn to public services without a thought or care about the consequences.”

Notably, the order follows as Johnson’s Conservative Party suffered heavy losses in the local election in which it lost more than 50 seats. The leader has been experiencing mounting pressure to resign from the opposition party after it was disclosed that Johnson held booze parties during a tier III lockdown in London.

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