The Daily Telegraph
Kwarteng sacks most senior civil servant in the Treasury
THE most senior civil servant in the Treasury has been sacked by Kwasi Kwarteng, the new Chancellor.
Sir Tom Scholar, the Treasury permanent secretary, was told he was no longer wanted in the job on Tuesday.
Liz Truss repeatedly pledged to end the “Treasury orthodoxy” of the last 30 years during her successful Tory leadership campaign.
Sir Tom’s removal has happened with immediate effect and he is no longer in the position, according to a government source. The hunt for a replacement has already begun.
Mr Kwarteng said: “Tom has been a dedicated and exceptional civil servant, and I thank him for his exemplary service to the Government and the country for the past 30 years.
“He’s helped steer the Treasury and the Government through many economic challenges, from the financial crisis to the Covid pandemic, and he leaves the Civil Service with the highest distinction.”
Sir Tom had run the Treasury since June 2016 and served with Rishi Sunak, Ms Truss’s Tory leadership rival, during his chancellorship. Mr Kwarteng dismissed him shortly after being appointed Chancellor, meaning it was one of his first acts in the role. Removing the most senior civil servant in the Treasury comes as the country faces an energy crisis and ministers announce a huge intervention to freeze bills.
Sir Tom, who leaves the Civil Service after a 30-year career and was previously UK representative at the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank, said: “It has been the privilege of my career to lead this great institution since 2016. I wish the Treasury all the best for the times ahead, and I will be cheering on from the sidelines.”
Sir Tom’s sacking was criticised by Lord Macpherson, his predecessor as Treasury permanent secretary, who tweeted: “Tom Scholar is the best civil servant of his generation. Sacking him makes no sense.”