– Defence Equipment Minister Peter Luff
The MoD's financial black hole was such a threat that we had to get on with reducing our civilian headcount. We had to make tough decisions to get our finances back into balance and this included a plan to reduce the Civil Service by 32,000 by 2020 to ensure we can deliver more resources to the front line. We are now transforming Defence to create a smaller, more efficient, professional Ministry of Defence that is back in balance.
– Margaret Hodge MP, Chair, Committee of Public Accounts
The Ministry of Defence has gone ahead with cuts to its military and civilian workforce without a proper understanding of what skills it will need in the future.
We recognise that the MoD must make tough financial decisions if it is to reduce its spending by 7.5% a year by 2015, and that it has acted decisively.
But we are concerned that these cuts have been determined by the need to cut costs in the short term rather than by considering the MoD's strategic objectives in the long term and the skills it will need to deliver them successfully.
A report published by the Public Accounts Committee has warned the MoD that they are cutting jobs unnecessarily. The document says that the Mod have their focus on short-term cost cutting and not long-term military needs.
The Committee also warned that the cuts may also fuel more spending on outside consultants, which has already soared from £6 million to £270 million in just four years