Full list of government departments and services due to be hit by civil servant strike on February 1


Around 100,000 civil servants from 124 government departments and bodies are due to walk out on February 1 in a bitter dispute over jobs, pay and conditions.

The general secretary of the Public and Commercial Services (PCS) union said on Wednesday the strike - the largest in years - will affect public services “from benefits to driving tests, from passports to driving licences, from ports to airports”.

But exactly which departments and services will be affected?

The action will see PCS members strike in key government departments, including the Cabinet Office, Home Office, Department for Transport, Department for Work and Pensions, Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC), Department for Education, and Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra).

Members at bodies including Border Force, the Maritime & Coastguard Agency, the Driver & Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA), and UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA); and institutions including the British Museum, the Wallace Collection and Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, will also walk out.

The full list is below:

  • The Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS)

  • British Museum

  • Cabinet Office

  • Charity Commission

  • Maritime & Coastguard Agency

  • Scottish Public Services Ombudsman

  • Natural Resources Wales

  • Crown Office & Procurator Fiscal Service

  • Independent Office for Police Conduct

  • Department for Work and Pensions (DWP)

  • Driver & Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA)

  • Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS)

  • Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC)

  • Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS)

  • Driver & Vehicle Standards Agency (DVSA)

  • Audit Wales

  • Department for Education

  • Natural England

  • Competition Service

  • Gambling Commission

  • Historic England

  • Health & Safety Executive (HSE)

  • Historic Environment Scotland

  • Home Office

  • Insolvency Service

  • HM Land Registry

  • Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (Defra)

  • Creative Scotland

  • National Galleries of Scotland

  • National Museums of Scotland

  • National Audit Office

  • National Lottery Heritage Fund

  • Department for Transport

  • National Library of Wales

  • National Museums Liverpool

  • Gangmasters & Labour Abuse Authority

  • Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO)

  • Ofgem

  • Competition & Markets Authority

  • Office for National Statistics & UKSA


  • Ofsted

  • UK Intellectual Property Office

  • Vehicle Certification Agency

  • Planning Inspectorate

  • National Archives

  • Registers of Scotland

  • Transport Focus

  • Sports Grounds Safety Authority

  • Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

  • Equality & Human Rights Commission

  • Scottish Enterprise

  • NatureScot

  • Scottish Government

  • Serious Fraud Office

  • Skills Development Scotland

  • The Council of the RFCAs

  • Sport England

  • Scotland’s Commission for Children & Young People

  • RFCA West Midlands

  • Scottish Courts & Tribunals Service

  • Legal Aid Agency

  • UK Research & Innovation (UKRI)

  • Visit Scotland

  • Government Legal Department

  • Parole Board for England & Wales

  • Animal & Plant Health Agency (APHA)

  • Wallace Collection

  • Senedd Cymru (Welsh Parliament)

  • Scottish Human Rights Commission

  • Scottish Prison Service

  • Scottish Parliament

  • Student Loans Company

  • Architecture & Design Scotland

  • Higher Education Funding Council for Wales

  • National Highways

  • Westminster Foundation for Democracy

  • Independent Living Fund Scotland

  • Rural Payments Agency

  • Defence, Science & Technology Laboratory

  • Electoral Commission

  • Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC)

  • Security Industry Authority

  • UK Space Agency

  • Marine Management Organisation

  • Youth Justice Board

  • Local Government Boundary Commission for England

  • Northern Ireland Office

  • Prisons & Probation Ombudsman

  • Wales Office

  • Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

  • Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority

  • Children’s Commissioner for England

  • Food Standards Scotland

  • Crown Estate Scotland

  • Risk Management Authority

  • Local Democracy & Boundary Commission for Wales

  • UK Debt Management Office

  • Student Awards Agency for Scotland (SAAS)

  • Social Security Scotland

  • Scottish Housing Regulator

  • Revenue Scotland

  • Department of International Trade

  • Bord na Gaidhlig

  • Forestry Commission England

  • Scottish Forestry

  • Leasehold Advisory Service

  • Forestry and Land Scotland

  • UKSV (Cabinet Office)

  • Disclosure and Barring Service

  • Veterinary Medicines Directorate

  • Institute for Apprenticeships

  • Office for Students (OfS)

  • Transport Scotland

  • Accountant in Bankruptcy

  • Disclosure Scotland

  • Education Scotland

  • Office for the Scottish Charity Regulator

  • Scottish Public Pensions Agency (SPPA)

  • National Records of Scotland

  • South of Scotland Enterprise

  • Trade Remedies Authority

  • UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA)

  • Office for Health Improvement & Disparities (OHID)

The PCS said the walkout will be mark the largest civil service strike for years and signals a “significant escalation” of industrial action after a month of strikes by its members.

It coincides with the Trade Union Congress’s ‘protect the right to strike’ day which was announced on Tuesday in reaction to the Government’s controversial legislation on minimum service levels during industrial action.

A further 33,000 members working in five more departments, including HMRC, are next week re-balloting to join the union’s national strike action.

Mark Serwotka, general secretary of the Public and Commercial Services union (PA Archive)
Mark Serwotka, general secretary of the Public and Commercial Services union (PA Archive)

PCS general secretary Mark Serwotka said on Wednesday: “During the last month, when thousands of PCS members across a range of departments took sustained industrial action, the government said it had no money.

“But it managed to find millions of pounds to spend on managers and military personnel in a failed attempt to cover the vital work our members do.

“We warned the government our dispute would escalate if they did not listen – and we’re as good as our word.

“I am meeting with the Minister for the Cabinet Office, Jeremy Quin, tomorrow – if he puts some money on the table there is a chance this dispute can be resolved. If he doesn’t, then he’ll see public services from benefits to driving tests, from passports to driving licences, from ports to airports affected by industrial action on February 1.”

A Cabinet Office spokesperson said: “We regret this decision and the Union’s rush to disruptive strike action.

“We greatly value the work of civil servants across the country, but the PCS Union’s demands would cost an unaffordable £2.4 billion at a time when our focus must be on bringing down inflation to ease the pressure on households across the country.

“We can provide reassurance that we have comprehensive plans in place to keep essential services running.

“Discussions will continue and we will be meeting with civil service unions tomorrow, including PCS, as part of that ongoing engagement.”