Ministry of Defence to cut 1,800 jobs
28 March 2012
The Ministry of Defence will be cutting hundreds of police and guard service jobs as the Government looks to cut public sector spending.
According to Defence Personnel Minister Andrew Robathan who has announced that the MoD police force plans to reduce its current workforce from 3,100 to 2,400 by April 2016.
Together with 700 job cuts, a further 1,100 will be cut from the MoD Guard Service reducing the workforce to 2,200 by April 2015.
Robathan says: “Safeguarding our sites, people and assets – in particular those associated with our nuclear program – remains a central priority.
"We have however concluded we can make sensible and prudent reductions in the number of guarding and civil policing posts at some of our sites, whilst continuing to maintain effective security."
He continues: “I do not expect staff affected by these changes to welcome them and I recognise - and very much regret - the uncertainty and anxiety caused to the personnel involved, who have made a vital contribution to defence security over many years.”
Shadow Defence Secretary Jim Murphy, doesn’t share the same mindset, he says: “There will be very real concerns about the impact on protecting munitions stores but most importantly our nuclear bases. We must be told the full implications of this decision.
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