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In view of the -600,000 public sector jobs, which could be cut over the next five years in order to slash the UK's record budget deficit, ministers are due to meet civil service unions officials to discuss changes to redundancy terms in order to reduce costs of cutting staff, the BBC reports.
The government lost a court battle last month over attempts to reduce redundancy payments and unions now fear that the government plans emergency legislation to reverse the ruling.
The government has confirmed that ministers intend to press on with reforms of the Civil Service Compensation Scheme (CSCS). According to the BBC the CSCS has in the past resulted in some payouts equivalent to six years' salary.
If no agreement can be reached between the government and the unions, ministers would have to amend the 1972 Superannuation Act, which established the redundancy rules.
The architect of the planned CSCS changes, Cabinet Office Minister Francis Maude, will address senior civil servants about the government's proposals at a conference tomorrow.