Public sector workers consulted over spending cuts

Public sector workers are being asked for their ideas on how to create “fair and responsible” savings, as a consultation on public sector cuts is launched.

Most government departments face average spending cuts of 25%, the Budget revealed.

Prime minister David Cameron is now writing to six million public sector staff asking for their input on how this could be achieved, the BBC has reported.

He will urge those working in the public sector to outline which services they believe are non-essential and can be discontinued, how services can be better targeted or provided more effectively by private and voluntary groups to save money.

The government will reveal the extent of the squeeze faced by individual departments in October’s Comprehensive Spending Review.

Cameron writes: “We want you to help us find those savings so we can cut public spending in a way which is fair and responsible.

“You work on the front-line of public services. You know where things are working well, where the waste is and where we can rethink things so that we get better services for less money.”

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