What have I done to deserve some sun!!!!
Well where do I start, yesterday the Chancellor (British finance Minister) announced his spending plans for the next four years. In it he increases Health, education and Home Office Budgets, which I welcome. After many years of under investment in our vital public services the extra resources are welcomed. He also announced 100 000 Civil Service job cuts, the proof of this is in the pudding. It’s not an additional 100 000 announced on top of the 40 000 already announced in our department the DWP. It’s on top of them. It makes me really angry when politicians just recklessly announce these job cuts when those of us in the Civil Service are working so hard to deliver better Public Services for our customers, whether it be a benefit customer, someone looking for work using the Jobcentreplus service or a person claiming tax Credits from the Inland Revenue. The vast majority of Civil Servants work with customers face to face; you cannot increase the workload of staff and then cut their numbers. It does not make sense. We are very happy to make efficiency savings and recognise there will obviously be some job cuts as a result of newer IT equipment, they will have to make the systems work before cutting staff, as the Government does not have a good record on computer systems delivery.