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Public Sector: Redundancy

Treasury written question – answered on 9th February 2011.

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Photo of Catherine McKinnell Catherine McKinnell Shadow Solicitor General

To ask the Chancellor of the Exchequer pursuant to the answer of 26 January 2011, Official Report, column 316W, on public sector: redundancies, if he will take steps to ensure that public sector workers aged over 50 years are not disproportionately adversely affected by public sector redundancies during the comprehensive spending review period.

Photo of Danny Alexander Danny Alexander The Chief Secretary to the Treasury

It will be for individual employers to determine the exact workforce implications of their settlements.

The Government will support employers to do everything they can to mitigate the impact of public sector job losses by protecting jobs through pay and pensions reform, ensuring that staff in different public sector workforces and each region will have visibility of suitable vacancies, encouraging local employers to explore voluntary deals with staff on pay restraint or reduced hours in order to save jobs, and actively monitoring potential workforce reductions, enabling decisions to be taken in time to mitigate localised impacts.

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