– 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.
A report by the Public Accounts Committee has warned the Mod that they are not looking at the military's long term needs as they plan to axe 50,000 jobs. MPs also warned it could lead to a rise in outside consultancy spending.