‘Tories may cut 100,000 jobs over next 5 years’

A union representing British civil servants is warning that the new Conservative government may slash up to 100,000 jobs over the next five years.

The head of the “First Division Association”(FDA) union says more swinging cuts to public spending may lead to an even greater round of public sector job losses than those under the last coalition government.

Dave Penman said he expects the Conservative government to continue its policy of primarily targeting staffing levels. He said Chancellor George Osborne is aiming to squeeze billions of pounds in savings out of the civil service.

“The DWP could lose 20,000 to 30,000 staff, the HMRC could lose 10,000 to 15,000 … it is greater cuts than over the last five years and most of that is based around staffing, so it is not surprising.

“That is what the civil service is expecting, it is certainly what we are expecting. We are back to the 1930s level of spending,” the Guardian quoted him as saying.

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