26 May 2022

Toxic culture of fear at Number 10

A PCS member working in the Cabinet Office, the department that includes Number 10, said: “There’s a toxic culture of fear at Number 10. "

The member who wishes to remain anonymous said: “Management think they can do whatever they want. They feel they are the exception, that the rules don’t apply to them because they’re Number 10. 

“The bullying comes out in various ways, fists being banged on desks, people being shouted at – ‘I want this and I want it yesterday

“We used to have a lot of cases of bullying in Number 10 but when Boris Johnson became Prime Minster, the cases stopped. Not because the bullying stopped – it got worse – but because staff were so cynical about the process, so certain nothing would happen, that they stopped complaining and started leaving.”