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DCA Set to Cut Jobs as Part of Efficiency Agenda

Magazine article Public Finance

DCA Set to Cut Jobs as Part of Efficiency Agenda

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The Department for Constitutional Affairs this week announced plans to lose more than 1,000 posts following an 8% cut to its operating budget.

In a letter sent to staff on April 25, DCA permanent secretary Alex Allan revealed that around 1,000 Courts Service posts will be lost, while at least 300 other DCA-related posts, including some at the Tribunals Service, will also go as part of Whitehall's latest efficiency drive.

The job losses are likely to fuel opposition by civil service trade unions already angered by job cuts at other Whitehall departments. Some have warned that reducing DCA staff will affect services.

Mark Serwotka, general secretary of the Public and Commercial Services union, said: 'The inevitable consequence of slashing jobs will be a growing backlog of cases and the grinding to a halt of the justice system in some parts of the country.'

In his letter, Allan blames the department's tight spending allocation until 2007/08 on a combination of savings required under Whitehall's £40bn Gershon efficiency plan, anticipated savings from the merger of magistrates courts into the Courts Service, as well as potential efficiencies from legal aid changes. …

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