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Fears over 20 city jobs.

Byline: By NEIL HODGSON Industry Reporter

CUTBACKS could cost up to 20 jobs at the government's Liverpool base.

Civil servants also fear that the Government Office North West (GONW) base in the Cunard Building could go, and with it some of the city's influence over national policy.

GONW delivers services for 10 Whitehall departments, as well as the European Objective 1 fund.

But proposed cost cuts could axe a third of government office staff across the UK, including more than 20 in Liverpool.

One Merseyside civil servant, who asked to remain anonymous, said: "Liverpool will lose its direct influence over government policies covering 10 Whitehall departments, and central government will abandon the historic Cunard Building."

He claimed Liverpool's work could be relocated to Manchester, Warrington or Wigan.

Jayson Sloss, north west Public and Commercial Services union spokesman, has called for talks on the proposed cuts: "The PCS is disturbed that a treasury report includes recommendations that jobs across the government offices be reduced by one third.

"There is no credible justification behind this figure. It appears to be yet another crude part of the overall assault on civil service jobs and the services that we provide."

A Government Office North West spokesman said: "Everybody has been aware for a long time that the things Government Office do is going to change. They used to dole out money but the North West Development Agency does a lot of that now."

neilhodgson@liverpoolecho.co.uk

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Date:Apr 1, 2006
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