World News - Fox defends armed forces job cuts
Results 1 to 1 of 1
  1. #1
    Admin
    xman's Avatar
    Member InfoShowcaseActivity StatusThanks / Tagging Info
    join date|Join Date
    Sep 2006
    location|Location
    Ningalude idayil thanne....
    post count|Posts
    24,007
    reputation|Rep Power
    100
    flag|Country: Users Flag!

    World News - Fox defends armed forces job cuts

    31 August 2011 Last updated at 21:25 ET Cuts being made to the Armed Forces will mean Britain's defence capability can grow later in the decade, Defence Secretary Liam Fox has said.

    He was speaking on the day 930 RAF and 920 Army personnel will be told they are being made redundant - including 750 compulsory redundancies.

    The Army and RAF will eventually have cut 7,000 and 5,000 posts respectively.

    Mr Fox blamed the "incompetence" of the Labour government for the cuts but said the UK would still have strong forces.

    Mr Fox said: "The extra money we have allocated for the equipment budget from 2015 will allow our defence capability to grow in the second half of the decade."

    He said the previous Labour government "left the nation's finances broken" and a "£38bn black hole" in the defence budget.

    The tough measures would bring the budget largely into balance for the first time in a generation, he said.

    "Of course redundancies are always sad news, but we will continue to have strong and capable forces and we appreciate the hard work of our brave armed forces," said Mr Fox.

    Questions over morale The armed forces are looking to shed 22,000 posts over the next four years - more than half through redundancies.

    BBC defence correspondent Jonathan Beale said there had been plenty of volunteers for redundancy which was likely to raise more questions about morale.

    In the Army, 870 soldiers volunteered for redundancy, but only 660 have been accepted, our correspondent said.

    This means that 260 Army personnel who did not apply for redundancy will be forced out of a job, he said.

    More than half of those compulsory redundancies - 150 - will be Gurkhas.

    In the RAF there were 620 applications for redundancy, said our correspondent, 440 of them have been approved. That means most redundancies - 490 - will be compulsory, he said.

    On Wednesday, the MoD said personnel receiving the operational allowance, because they are serving on operations in Libya and Afghanistan, will be exempt from the cuts unless they apply.

    It also said nobody preparing for or recently returned from operations in Afghanistan will be made redundant unless they have volunteered.

    And the BBC has been told that no RAF pilots or ground crew involved in operations over Libya will be forced to leave in this round of redundancies.

    Members of the armed forces accepted for voluntary redundancy will serve six months notice, while those forced out will serve a year.

    Are you under threat of redundancy? What is your reaction to the issues raised in this story? Please get in touch using the form below:






    Powered By WizardRSS.com | Full Text RSS Feed | Amazon Plugin | Settlement Statement | WordPress Tutorials

  2. # 1a
    India
    World News - Fox defends armed forces job cuts

    Join Date
    Jan 2009
    Location
    Advertising world
    Posts
    192
     

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Similar Threads

  1. World News - Cuts 'risk failing armed forces'
    By xman in forum Global news
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 3rd August 2011, 04:50
  2. World News - MoD plans 7,000 civilian job cuts
    By xman in forum Global news
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 29th July 2011, 06:20
  3. World News - Parade marks UK Armed Forces Day
    By xman in forum Global news
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 25th June 2011, 17:07
  4. Armed forces chief defends cuts
    By xman in forum UK news
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 22nd November 2010, 23:48
  5. Richards new UK armed forces head
    By xman in forum UK news
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 18th July 2010, 18:31

User Tag List

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •