Tories cut redundancy pay for 91,000 civil servants during cost of living crisis

Last Updated: August 16, 2022By Tags: , , , , , , , ,

Another Tory rip-off: the government wants to reduce the civil service by 91,000 employees – AND cut their redundancy pay by nearly 26 per cent while doing so.

How many levels of wrong is this?

At a time when the cost of living is ramping up steeply, with huge inflation and astronomical energy prices, one might expect any national government to need all the civil servants it can have, to administer measures to ease the burden on the population.

Instead, the Tories are cutting the UK’s civil service by 91,000 people.

But that’s not all.

After giving civil servants a derisory two per cent pay increase – in reality a massive pay cut due to the 9.4 per cent inflation rate – the Tories are adding insult to injury by cutting redundancy pay by more than a quarter (25.9 per cent).

Their rationale for doing this adds insult to (double) injury.

They reckon in a time of “high national debt and increasing cost pressures” the Civil Service Compensation Scheme should be “affordable” to the taxpayer – who has nothing to do with it.

Money for the scheme is created by the government. We pay taxes to keep inflation within reasonable boundaries (according to at least one economic theory) but with inflation almost entirely dictated by energy prices and Brexit-related shortages, taxation doesn’t make that much difference any more.

It’s just another silly “divide-and-rule” tactic, trying to turn us against civil servants by saying paying them a decent redundancy package would be an attack on people who pay taxes.

More details of this sorry story are available here.

The good news is that, when the Tories tried to cut civil service redundancy pay in 2017, it was forced to stop when unions successfully took court action to protect their members.

The PCS union has announced that it will fight the current proposals as well.

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  1. apolicaina August 16, 2022 at 11:06 pm - Reply

    All political party and civil servants in tow really do not get much empathy from me.

    let start with disabled people the “scroungers” who may have even less opportunity or live within current attacks

    or the large number of “failed” nurses who are greedy jumped ship to torture and abuse to become DWP assessors and want freebies and claps too

    they the civil servants or nurses and obliviously everyone else did not read Martin Niemöller poem or memo as they too greedy unless one has of their own minority experienced of the less unfortunate loved ones and it a maybe to be apathetic after the horse bolted

    plenty of civil servants and government greed then yelling at the clouds look at me blah blah blah it evil… still nothing done

    sorry always too late reap what you sow

    we are all rotting to death i will forever clap for the civil servants and they obliviously want and deserving it for being in for the claps and more payment than disabled people who maybe unable to work to eat or heat

    rant over

  2. The Toffee August 17, 2022 at 7:17 am - Reply

    What are the PCS doing about the DWP’s latest sanction figures, which show a >130% increase in the amount of sanctions being implemented, post lockdown?


    They’re carrying out Tory vindictiveness without compunction.

    The PCS can kiss it as far as I’m concerned.

  3. Hecuba August 17, 2022 at 10:16 am - Reply

    Callous and greedy fascist tories need to ‘cut the huge salaries their MPs earn for doing what precisely? Nothing other than working overtime to increase their bloated wealth!’

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