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Ministry of Justice cuts exposed

Issue No. 2215

A LEAK from the Ministry of Justice last week revealed that the government wants to cut £2 billion from the department’s budget.

This will mean big job losses and less access to justice. The current budget is £9 billion.

The PCS civil service workers’ union believes that 15,000 out of 80,000 staff could be sacked, and courts and prisons could be closed.

“This is the first indication of the true scale of the cuts being imposed upon departments by this coalition government, and it paints a devastating picture,” said Mark Serwotka, the PCS general secretary.

“It is clear that the civil service will simply not be able to cope.”

There are already plans to merge or close magistrate and county courts in many parts of the country, and move administration tasks to a call centre.

This would cut ordinary people’s immediate access to the justice system.

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Tue 17 Aug 2010, 18:05 BST
Issue No. 2215
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