TaxPayers’ Alliance responds to plans to reduce the civil service to pre-pandemic levels

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Responding to Jeremy Hunt announcing a freeze on civil service expansion and a return to pre-pandemic levels, John O’Connell, chief executive of the TaxPayers' Alliance, said:

“Freezing Whitehall expansion is a step in the right direction. 

“The mandarin jobs boom is one of the key drivers of the cost of government crisis that is hammering taxpayers.

“With the size of the civil service frozen, the chancellor should now look to find savings by winding down unnecessary roles.”


TPA spokespeople are available for live and pre-recorded broadcast interviews via 07795 084 113 (no texts)

Media contact:

Conor Holohan
Media Campaign Manager, TaxPayers' Alliance
[email protected]
24-hour media hotline: 07795 084 113 (no texts)


Notes to editors:

  1. Founded in 2004 by Matthew Elliott and Andrew Allum, the TaxPayers' Alliance (TPA) campaigns to reform taxes and public services, cut waste and speak up for British taxpayers. Find out more at

  2. TaxPayers' Alliance's advisory council.

  3. TPA research showed a 25 per cent increase in the number of civil servants between 2016 and 2023.
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