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Public needs to reassess expectations of Home Affairs

Wed, 25 Jun 2014

The Manx public needs to be realistic about the level of service the Department of Home Affairs can deliver in the coming years.

That's the warning from Minister Juan Watterson as the department outlines how it intends to face impending budgetary challenges.

He's promised more job cuts, a change to service delivery and the rationalisation of its estate as part of its savings package.

Since its budget peaked in 2008 the department has managed to reduce spending by £8 million.

24 posts will go over the next two years - this adds to the 48 that have been lost since 2010-11. The majority of job losses will come from within the police.

The Minister says it will continue to be positive and bold and work towards minimising the impact on the most vulnerable people within the community.

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