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SUBJECT: CIVIL SERVICE HEADCOUNT
FROM: PSG
TO: CHANCELLOR
CC: BTW, IF, MFP, CABINET OFFICE


You asked for the latest data following Lord Jones' Digby-gate utterances. Provisional headcount figures are graphed below:



LINE(S) TO TAKE:
Presentationally there are seven lines to take explaining away the fact that public sector numbers (and, when the time comes, public sector debt) may well double in short order.

  1. Private sector headcount systems are different
  2. Emergency situation makes comparables invalid
  3. The extra capital injections for banking would have taken the form of special supra budgetary expenditures before the next election had this crisis not occurred. In other words, we have simply brought forward spending thereby making this intervention budget neutral
  4. It may turn out to be the wisest and most profitable public investment ever made - as well as save the world
  5. We have not quantified the cost to taxpayers in order to prevent the type of wildy inconvenient inaccurate cost per taxpayer press estimates produced after last October's injection to the banking sector
  6. Unforeseen but important cyclical rises in unemployment elsewhere mean this expenditure is needed in marginal constituencies
  7. The Government has made consistent contra-cyclical economies during its tenure due to its breaking of the boom-bust syndrome. This has created the financial headroom to cope with today's extraordinary crisis brought on solely by irresponsible bankers. Our capacity to spend these sums is in many ways, therefore, testament to our prudent stewardship of the UK economy


NB: with apologies to Yes, Minister - The Economy Drive
NB1: Graph source - Office for National Statisitics data (erm, mostly)

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