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Services threatened by cuts
« on: March 22, 2012, 11:39:23 PM »
Services threatened by cuts

A new report from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives has estimated that between 60,000 and 68,000 Public Service jobs could disappear in the next few years as a result of Government spending cuts.

   The report said that even allowing for people who would have retired anyway, a great many people would be added to the unemployment ranks, many drawing employment insurance for long periods.

   It said it was difficult to imagine losing that number of people from the Federal Public Service without some sort of drop in the ?service? part of the equation.
   ?It?s likely there was some bureaucratic fat that could be trimmed, but it?s also likely that removing 60,000-plus people from Government jobs will have some effect on the work produced,? the report said.

   The Union of Veterans? Affairs Employees has warned that proposed budget cuts In the Department of Veterans Affairs will result in 500 job losses by 2015.
   Union leader Yvan Thauvette said the cuts threatened 350 frontline staff who worked directly with around 200,000 clients.
   MP for the Opposition New Democratic Party, Peter Stoffer said Canadian veterans already waited too long for service from the Department.

   ?On average, it takes at least 16 weeks for a veteran to receive a response from Veterans Affairs and possibly years to resolve a claim,? Mr Stoffer said.
   ?Many of these veterans are struggling with physical and mental health issues and don?t need an added struggle to obtain the services to which they?re entitled.?
   A spokesman for Minister for Veterans Affairs, Steve Blaney said services and benefits for veterans would be maintained despite the cost-cutting measures
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