Magazine article Public Finance

Frontline First?

Magazine article Public Finance

Frontline First?

Article excerpt

Just before David Cameron moved into Number Ten, he was asked what would happen if his ministers proposed cuts that involved frontline reductions. 'They'll be sent straight back to their departments to think again,' he claimed.

On that basis, there should be a lot of rethinking going on in Whitehall. The level of cuts we are experiencing means that dismantling many frontline services is inevitable.

In local government, the CMB union is predicting 200,000 job losses this year in England alone. And it won't just be the 'back-office bureaucrats' who are going - redundancy notices have also been sent to dinner ladies, social workers and child protection professionals.

Manchester City Council and Hampshire County Council are just two recent examples of authorities announcing culls of staff.

Meanwhile, stories abound across the country of planned library closures, postponed school refurbishments and cuts to youth clubs and day centres.

There will also be fewer bobbies on the beat. According to the Association of Police Authorities, we can expect a reduction of 11.000 officers and 14.000 support staff over the next four years.

As Philip Johns-ton points out in this month's cover feature (pages 24-27), there have long been arguments over the lack of a police presence on our streets. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed


An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.