Responding to Audit Scotland’s report ‘Managing early departures from the Scottish public sector’ Scottish Labour’s Finance spokesman Ken Macintosh, said:

“It is extraordinary to think that the government is spending ten times as much pushing people out of work than it is on finding people jobs.

“Earlier this year Labour uncovered the hundreds of millions that were being spent on public sector severance schemes including compulsory redundancies despite promises from the SNP that they would not be used here. Our research found that more than 1,200 people were forced out of their job at a cost of £7.5m.

“This report from Audit Scotland reveals that the picture is even worse.

“We know that the Tories have a plan to reduce the public sector workforce by half a million and this is further evidence that the SNP will say anything but do nothing to protect the public sector workforce in Scotland.”

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