BusinessCompany NewsBrown set to axes 80,000 government jobs

Brown set to axes 80,000 government jobs

Chancellor Gordon Brown plans to cut 80,000 jobs in central government when he unveils his review of public spending this summer.

Link: Budget 2004: 20,000 to leave Whitehall

Half of these job cuts have already been announced as part of the merger of the Inland Revenue and Customs & Excise to create one tax body.

Other cuts will now take place in the Departments of Health, Education and other agencies and regulators.

The FT reports that Brown could take the jobs cuts beyond the 80,000 level as procurement and back office functions are rationalised in areas like education, the police and local government.

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