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30th June 2010

Public sector job losses 'will not hit vulnerable'

Desipte the loss of up half a million public sector jobs over the next five years predicted in private Treasury forecasts leaked today (June 30), Chancellor George Osbourne says the financial cutbacks will not hit the most vulnerable in our society hardest – including the elderly and those in need of long-term care.

However in Wales, the Assembly Government’s Business and Budget Minister, Jane Hutt, said the predicted cuts and the Budget forecasts provided “grim” news, adding that it would hit “the poorest and most vulnerable in our society the hardest”.

But answering Treasury questions in the House of Commons on June 8, Mr Osbourne said that his forthcoming spending review would take into account initial conclusions from the Commission on Long-Term Care, due to be set up shortly to examine the future funding of adult social care.

Mr Osborne said: "This is the great national challenge of our generation: after years of waste, debt and irresponsibility, to get Britain to live within its means. It is a time to rethink how government spends our money."

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