Public Sector Early-Departure Schemes

Part of the debate – in the Scottish Parliament on 30th May 2013.

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Photo of Alex Salmond Alex Salmond First Minister of Scotland, Leader, Scottish National Party

The report goes on to note the effective savings that have been made by the voluntary service arrangements conducted by the Scottish Government. Under the funding pressure from Westminster, it is inevitable that there will be reductions in the number of those working in the Scottish public service. Our policy of no compulsory redundancies is the right one, not just because it treats people who are in that position humanely and with respect but because it gives security to those who remain in the public sector. The policy is supported by our unions and pursued by the Government, and it is not available elsewhere in these islands.