Union warns of Sure Start staff cut threat

    Sure Start projects will be put under pressure because of plans to
    cut hundreds of posts in the Department for Education and Skills,
    says the civil service union.

    Efficiency cuts would mean at least one Sure Start worker being
    made redundant from each of the government offices, said general
    secretary of the Public and Commercial Services Union Mark
    Serwotka.

    Administrative roles were likely to be targeted, which would in
    turn undermine work carried out by front-line Sure Start staff, he
    said.

    The cuts are among thousands of civil service posts being cut as
    part of a government efficiency drive being carried out by Sir
    Peter Gershon.

    But speaking last week at the union’s annual conference in
    Brighton, Serwotka said: “We are all in favour of more front-line
    resources, but to think you can do that by arbitrarily cutting the
    back line without there being any effect on front-line service
    delivery is naive.”

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