This is where a TV sitcom meets reality. The following article is from The Telegraph, a British newspaper. This attempt at austerity by the current British government was actually an episode in the BBC series, Yes, Minister, back in the 1980s ("The Economy Drive"):
Treasury civil servants 'to work at smaller desks' in latest austerity drive:
Civil servants at the Treasury are to be forced to sit closer together while working at smaller desks in order to free up space to squeeze in extra Whitehall staff, it has been claimed.
Now the British government is doing it for real.