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Public sector cuts - Handle with care, says REC

Public sector cuts - Handle with care, says REC
 
The REC has responded to today's confirmation that the new Government plans to cut 6 billion from the public sector budget in the coming year by arguing for sustainable reform rather than indiscriminate cuts to staffing and agency budgets.
 
The REC's ongoing Public Sector Resourcing campaign makes the case for cuts to be properly thought through and for flexible staffing arrangements to be recognised as a core element of cost-effective resourcing strategies.  The campaign also highlights the need for new skills and competencies to be bought into public bodies in order to manage the change process.
 
Commenting on today's announcement and on the forthcoming Budget, Tom Hadley, the RECs Director of External Relations said:
 
The need to reduce public expenditure is a given but knee-jerk cuts would result in an unravelling of frontline services and put more stress on our fragile jobs market. Agency budgets will come under pressure but the reality is that temporary and contract workers are not brought in on a whim - they perform crucial  frontline roles.  Challenging pre-conceived ideas and off-the-peg solutions will play a key role in achieving sustainable reform as well as lasting improvements in productivity and innovation.

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