Pausing the graduate Fast-Stream scheme could provide a real opportunity

A recent announcement by the Government – to pause the graduate Fast-Stream recruitment scheme for at least a year – could provide a real opportunity for councils and other local public sector bodies, says Graeme McDonald.

It has long been an unfortunate contrast that, while local government has lost about a third of its workforce since 2010 and the advent of ‘devolution', central Government has paradoxically become larger.

In fact, the civil service expanded by almost a quarter from 384,000 officials in 2016 to 475,000 at the end of last year while Office for National Statistics data shows local government's workforce size shrunk by about 10% during the same period.

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