Further Army job losses 'planned for January'
Thousands of soldiers could lose their jobs in a new wave of redundancies set to embarrass the Prime Minister, it has been reported.
An announcement is expected to be made next January, with the final number of those losing their jobs confirmed in May, according to The Times, which reports the figure could be nearly 3,000. Under plans set out in 2010, the size of the Army will be cut by 20,000 to 82,000 by 2020.
An Army source told the newspaper that David Cameron is keen to avoid the bad publicity that would accompany the announcement of more job losses, however.
Armed forces documents seen by The Times reveal that the Army is concerned that the Government could intervene to prevent further job losses, with Downing Street preferring to see troop numbers falling through people retiring or leaving of their own accord – while military chiefs want to be able to choose themselves how many redundancies to make.
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The armed forces redundancy steering group has said the latest round of cuts will see between 2,500 and 2,900 soldiers losing their jobs, with a further 150 RAF staff and 17 medical and dental personnel from the Navy made redundant, according to the newspaper.
An MoD spokesman confirmed cuts were being considered, but said no decision had yet been made.