300,000 civil service jobs face axe in UK

| 24/05/2010

(Times Online): AT least 300,000 Whitehall and other public sector workers may lose their jobs as the coalition government sets to work cutting the £156 billion budget deficit. As George Osborne, the chancellor, prepares to unveil the first £6 billion of cuts tomorrow, the full scale of the job losses that will follow has begun to emerge.The initial savings to be announced will target such items as civil servants’ perks, which include taxis, flights and hotel accommodation.The package will also include a £513m cutin the budgets for quangos, with some being abolished altogether. While the first wave of cuts will mainly target Whitehall waste, more severe reductions of up to 25% in some departmental budgets will follow in a comprehensive spending review in the autumn.

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