Budget 2013: The public sector view

"Continual cuts to departmental budgets and increased demand is not a sustainable long-term option. FDA members have seen massive job cuts, their pay frozen, the imposition of a pension levy and now an extended pay cap. Two-thirds of senior civil servants are already looking for jobs elsewhere. Unless the government addresses the key issues of recognition, reward and resources, both the government and the public will lose the skills and experience needed to deliver world-class public services."

DAVE PENMAN, GENERAL SECRETARY OF THE FDA UNION