FDA General Secretary Dave Penman: George Osborne's budgetary sleights of hand will cost the public sector billions

In the April edition of Civil Service World, FDA General Secretary Dave Penman uses his regular column to discuss the recent budget and it's impact on the civil service.

Penman said:

"We've gone through an emotional rollercoaster with the chancellor over the past year. Dire predictions in his pre-election Budget, a softening of tone in June in his emergency Budget and then a muted but audible sigh of relief at the Autumn Statement, when the collective view was that it wasn't quite as bad as we were expecting.

"Now, barely three months later, the storm clouds have gathered. Growth forecasts are down and delivering the surplus he wants has just got a whole lot harder."

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FDA chief Dave Penman: George Osborne's budgetary sleights of hand will cost the public sector billions
Civil Service World