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Government Departments: Staff

House of Lords written question – answered on 14th December 2011.

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Photo of Lord Myners Lord Myners Labour

To ask Her Majesty's Government in which government departments the additional 310,000 increase in public sector job losses forecast by the Office for Budget Responsibility will fall.

Photo of Lord Sassoon Lord Sassoon The Commercial Secretary to the Treasury

The public sector paybill accounts for around half of departmental resource spending, so deficit reduction will inevitably impact on the public sector workforce. Failing to tackle the deficit would be more detrimental for medium and long-term job prospects.

HM Treasury does not centrally manage changes to public sector workforces. It is for individual employers to decide what would be the most cost-effective workforce to enable them to deliver public services and live within their spending review settlements.

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