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UKBA 'cut too many staff'

The troubled UK Border Agency has cut too many staff too quickly and is now having to hire extra people and increase overtime to meet demands, Whitehall's spending watchdog said today.

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Less than a third of Heathrow staff 'joined voluntary plan to work longer hours during the Olympics'

  • A voluntary system where staff work a set number of hours each year, rather than each week was taken up by 62% of staff, saving almost a fifth (£613,000) of premium payments and overtime in the first six months of 2011/12.
  • The scheme means that staff have to work longer hours when it is busier during the Olympics, summer or Christmas periods.
  • But less than a third (32%) of staff at Heathrow joined the scheme, meaning payments there increased 8%.

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