One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A policy of lowering staff numbers by not replacing workers who resign or retire, typically in public services.‘it is an environment of frozen budgets and sinking lids’
- ‘Concerns have been raised with ministers about the effect of the sinking lid on funding.’
- ‘The previous Auckland City Council had a sinking lid but allowed relocations.’
- ‘There's a powerful narrative about National running down public services last time they were in government, using the "razor gang" and the "sinking lid" to cut services like health.’
- ‘This would undermine the council's region-wide "sinking lid" policy.’
- ‘She pointed to the public service sinking lid, saying "there's only so much blood out of a stone".’
- ‘It seems that to fill the gap in overall staff numbers created by the sinking lid, government departments are having to use more and more contractors.’
- ‘One analyst told the forum that a majority of the local boards supported sinking lids in their areas.’
- ‘We are retaining a sinking lid but being a little bit more flexible about the components.’
- ‘If the goal is to increase economic freedom, then reapplying the "sinking lid" isn't the way to do it.’
- ‘The so-called 'cap' on core public servants announced in 2008 quickly became a sinking lid.’
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