The government recently announced budget cuts of around £3 billion to take place throughout the UK during the next three years. As a result hundreds of workers are likely to use their jobs across various departments. The MOD and the Home Office are two areas that will be significantly affected, with potential cuts of an estimated £500 million a year.
The positive news is that local council budgets won’t be affected, since they have been hit hard in previous budget cuts. The announced cuts seem like a rather large figure, but in reality 2012 saw a big underspend in many departments, highlighting areas that are working hard to reduce their spending.
Some have voiced concerns over the announced cuts, arguing that departments are already struggling to meet the demands of the workload as a result of previous budget reductions that saw major job losses take place. It seems that the public services sector needs more investment rather than further budget cuts, and the recent announcement comes as a major blow to the sector.
It is not a good start to 2014 for the government and public service workers alike, with many fearing they might lose their job over the next three years. It’s a difficult situation for the government; something needs to happen to reduce budgets but the high workload will remain. As a result it is uncertain what the best course of action should be.