More than 9,000 jobs will be lost at the Home Office and its agencies – including the UK Border Agency – under the Government’s spending cuts, one of Britain’s top civil servants has said.
Sir David Normington, the permanent secretary at the Home Office, said the number of jobs will be cut by between 2,500 and 2,600 this year, followed by the loss of a further 6,500 jobs over the next four years.
The UK Border Agency will bear the brunt of the losses.
Giving evidence to the Commons Home Affairs Select Committee, he said: “Overall the Home Office and its executive agencies are going to lose 6,500 staff over the four years starting next April and 650, which is about just over 21%, will be from the Home Office.
“Remember the bulk of staff in the Home Office are with the UK Border Agency.
“This year we’re reducing our numbers, the number of jobs by 2,500, maybe 2,600, so you’ve got to add that to the 6,500.”