MOANING Mandarins locked in Whitehall work-from-home war with ministers
The civil service ‘blob’ has blocked the latest statistics that would show who is and isn’t back in the office.
Government Efficiency Secretary Jacob Rees-Mogg released the first name-and-shame list in April to reveal weak departmental attendance rates.
But new figures are being withheld from the public despite Downing Street’s insistence that they be released, ideally every week.
A source said yesterday: “The Blob Machine is doing what they always do when they don’t want to go public with something – they say it might be illegal. It’s all gimmicks.”
April figures showed that only 25 percent of the desks at the Department of Education were occupied.
But The Sun understands that Education Minister Nadhim Zahawi catapulted his team onto the board by requiring them to come most days.
The Department of Works and Pensions was second to bottom with 27 per cent, while the Cabinet Office came out on top with 69 per cent.
Mr Rees-Mogg wants “full capacity” to drive the post-Covid recovery – but a Government source said there aren’t enough desks for every official.
A spokesman said: “We have seen a significant increase in occupancy which continues to be closely monitored.”
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