Lib Dems plan to axe more than 100,000 civil service jobs

More
than 100,000 civil servants could lose their jobs under plans unveiled by the
Liberal Democrats at its party conference in Bournemouth.

The
Government has already announced plans to cut 84,150 Whitehall
jobs, and 20,000 in Scotland,
Wales
and Northern
Ireland, in
a bid to save £20bn a year.

But
the Lib Dems said they
could go even further under proposals to re-prioritise spending.

The
party plans to scrap the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) and scale down
the work of the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

The
DTI currently employs 10,200 staff. The Government is committed to cutting that
by 1,500 by 2007/08. Not all of them would lose their jobs under the Lib Dem
plans, as some would be transferred to other departments.

The
party said it did not yet know exactly how many DTI jobs they would cut.

By Daniel Thomas

 

 

 

 

 

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