union for life

Salisbury

Salisbury

Major employers

Defence Science and Technology Laboratory, QinetiQ, NATS

Questions

  1. Will you maintain defence expenditure at no less than the annual limits set out in the 2015 spending review, and at levels of at least 2% of GDP for the rest of the parliament?
  2. Will you scrap current plans to cut the number of civilians employed by the Ministry of Defence to 41,000 – a reduction of almost 30%?
  3. Will you lift the arbitrary and unsustainable cap on public sector pay and commission an independent review of pay in the civil service and wider public sector?
  4. Will you implement an immediate moratorium on job cuts and compulsory redundancies in the civil service, its agencies and arms-length bodies, and task the Cabinet Office with conducting a thorough capacity and skills audit, delivering detailed future-facing workforce plans?

Candidates’ responses

John Glen (Conservative)

Response awaited

Tom Corbin (Labour)

Response awaited

Paul Sample (Lib Dem)

Do you support maintaining defence expenditure at no less than the annual limits set out in the 2015 spending review, and at levels of at least 2% of GDP?

As a Liberal Democrat, I’m an internationalist. I believe strongly that Britain must play a positive, active role in the world, and that includes in the sphere of defence. The Lib Dem manifesto commits us to spending 2% on defence so that we can properly defend ourselves, support our neighbours, and engage in humanitarian intervention.

Will you scrap current plans to cut the number of civilians employed by the Ministry of Defence to 41,000 – a reduction of almost 30%?

The MoD and our armed forces need capacity building, not cutting. We’re committed to addressing the current skills shortage, especially of STEM graduates, and in building our national capacity in a variety of areas, including cyber security. To do this, we need capable, experienced civilian employees.

Would you support an independent pay review for public sector staff affected by the 1% pay cap?

Yes, I would support an independent pay review. If the UK seriously wants to attract and retain the best staff, we have to pay them competitively.

Will you implement an immediate moratorium on job cuts and compulsory redundancies in the civil service, its agencies and arms-length bodies, and task the Cabinet Office with conducting a thorough capacity and skills audit, delivering detailed future-facing workforce plans?

The Lib Dems recognise the importance of the UK’s armed forces and believe it is the role of government to safeguard the interests of service personnel and veterans. The same applies to the civil service — they have an equally vital role to play. A thorough, independent capacity and skills audit is absolutely essential, and on the basis of its findings we can create — and implement — a detailed, future-facing workforce plan which meets the needs of the country.