“This is the first cut of the axe, but it signals that there will be more to come from the emergency budget and the comprehensive spending review.
“The new Government is completely ignoring the human impact of these cuts.
“Despite high levels of unemployment, the Government is happy to add tens of thousands more workers to the dole queue, putting the recovery at risk.
“Public spending cuts will hit small businesses, devastate families, and the most vulnerable in our society will suffer.
“There is no logic in cutting public sector jobs and money for development, only to pile on pressure to the private sector to create jobs.”