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Cash-strapped Palace axes staff

Published 23/05/2015

Buckingham Palace staff have been axed in a cost-cutting move
Buckingham Palace staff have been axed in a cost-cutting move

Buckingham Palace has revealed some staff have been axed after it was reported at least four senior officials have been let go in a matter of months in a cost-cutting move.

The Daily Mail said servants, some with young children, faced losing their homes at the Royal Household after being made redundant, although a Palace spokeswoman denied the claim.

One source told the newspaper staff morale was at "rock-bottom - the worst I have ever known".

Another said: "The Queen knows they have been made redundant, although she is probably not aware of just how badly her staff have been treated in the process."

The newspaper also said Palace porters had their overtime stopped as part of the sweeping cuts.

A Buckingham Palace spokeswoman said costs were constantly reviewed and in "rare instances" staff were made redundant, but strongly denied claims of low morale.

She declined to comment on whether at least four officials had been axed or if porters were no longer being paid for overtime.

She said: "As a public institution, scrutinised by Parliament, the Royal Household constantly reviews structures and staffing to ensure that it is run in the most effective and efficient way possible.

"In rare instances this can involve redundancies; those affected are routinely offered a severance package and support, including retraining.

"Internal surveys consistently show that employees are proud to work for the Royal Household and represent the Queen. Morale at Buckingham Palace continues to be high, with low staff turnover."

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