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Redundancies decided without knowing what is needed, says National Audit Office

The National Audit Office says the MoD had begun sacking thousands of military personnel and civilian staff without knowing how many qualified staff it will need in the future.

The auditors studied MoD plans to cut 25,000 Forces personnel and 29,000 civilian staff by 2015.

Following the recent criticisms by the Defence Select Committee, which were rejected by the Ministry of Defence, the National Audit Office report raises questions about the speed and wisdom of the cuts. The cuts are intended to save £4.10 billion over four years.

Amyas Morse, Head of the National Audit Office, said that:

The Ministry of Defence is in the difficult position of needing to maximize financial savings by cutting headcount before it has detailed plans for how it will operate in the future. The Department has acted decisively, but runs the risk that it will lose skills that it needs, worsening the current skills shortage.

A more targeted approach is needed to restructure the workforce and retain the skills that will be required in future.

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