MPs join call for rethink on Budget jobs cull

Labour
MPs have signed an Early Day Motion (EDM) calling on the Government to
reconsider the sweeping cuts to civil service jobs announced in the Budget.

Gordon
Brown announced that 40,000 jobs would go in public services as the Government
clamped down on civil service wastage, with many of the cuts likely to come in
HR.

The
EDM tabled by John MacDonnell MP raises concerns that functions such as
policing the National Minimum Wage, delivering the new deal, tax collection and
inspecting schools will be affected by the job cuts.

The
MPs warn that investment shouldn’t be at the expense of the ‘vital work civil
servants do in every constituency in the UK’.

Mark
Serwotka general secretary for the Public and Commercial Services Union (PCS)
said: "The misplaced view that the people affected by these cuts are
faceless bureaucrats is simply not the case."

"They
are hardworking public servants fulfilling vital tasks on both the frontline
and the backline up and down the country," he said.

By Michael Millar

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