Kevan Jones MP, Labour’s Shadow Armed Forces Minister, commenting on the Public Accounts Committee report “Ministry of Defence: Managing Change in the Defence Workforce”, said:
“This is a damning condemnation of the Government’s reform programme.
“The rushed defence review put savings before strategy with damaging consequences.
“Ministers’ decisions mean the MoD is losing key skills, morale is in freefall and taxpayers’ money is being wasted.
“It is hard to believe Philip Hammond’s boast to have balanced the budget when he is overseeing mass redundancies which are resulting in waste and loss of important capability.
“Just weeks after a humiliating u-turn on aircraft carriers corroded confidence in the Government’s handling of the equipment programme, this will end any assurance that Ministers’ reform programme was well planned or successful.”
The Daily Telegraph article: “Ministry of Defence pays millions to rehire sacked civilians” explains in further detail the main criticisms of the Public Accounts Committee. You can read it here: