Budget 2013: Continual cuts and increasing demands ‘not a sustainable long-term option’, says senior public servants’ union

20 March 2013
(For immediate release) 

Responding to today’s Budget announcements - including confirmation of further departmental spending cuts of 1% and the extension of the 1% public sector pay cap until 2015/16 - Dave Penman, FDA general secretary, said:

“The Government must look not just at the cost of the civil service, but also its value.  Continual cuts to departmental budgets and increased demand is not a sustainable long-term option. Something has to give and the Government needs to come clean about what sort of public service it wants to provide and make sure it is properly resourced.

“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.” 

Notes for editors

1.    The FDA is the trade union for the UK's senior public servants and professionals. FDA membership includes more than 19,000 senior civil servants, government policy advisors, diplomats, tax professionals, economists, solicitors, prosecutors and other professionals work across government and the NHS.

2.    The FDA (formerly the First Division Association) should be referred to simply as "The FDA" and can be described as "the senior public servants’ union". 

3.    For further information contact:

  • Dave Penman, FDA general secretary, tel: 020 7401 5555 or 07967 503827.
  • Kay Hender, communications officer, tel: 020 7401 5589 or 07980 700747.