Calls to shield lowest paid from civil service job cuts

The
84,000 job cuts planned for the civil service must not fall on the lowest paid,
MPs warned Gordon Brown yesterday.

Senior
Labour backbenchers told the Chancellor that his plans to find £21.5bn worth of
savings could hurt some of the most deprived areas of the UK.

Their
call follows the warning by trade unions of strike action if any of the
redundancies were compulsory.

George
Mudie, the MP for Leeds East, told the Chancellor when he appeared before the
Commons Treasury select committee, that MPs were "putting down a
marker" with the Treasury.

He
warned the job cuts could hit families who relied on one wage earner to
"float three generations through a lifetime".

Brown
replied with details of a plan to help civil servants find new jobs and a £300m
fund to help departments meet redundancy costs.

By Daniel Thomas

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