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Isle of Man Department of Home Affairs staff reduced

The number of posts at the Isle of Man's Department of Home Affairs is to be reduced by half as part of a plan to re-balance government finances.

The government is making savings of £25m this year by cutting spending in each department, except health.

Twelve posts will go from the Department of Home Affairs, but no redundancies are being made.

The move will save £500,000 and comes as the department aims to cut £2.5m from its budget.

The department said seven senior and middle manager posts would go, along with five lower administrational and secretarial grades.

The posts will all go through early retirements and redeployments.

'Right moment'

Among the cuts are three members of staff who worked for the Chief Minister's drug and alcohol strategy, the department's dedicated media and public relations officer, and the full-time officer who ran the island's emergency planning unit and civil defence.

Minister Adrian Earnshaw said he hoped the the changes would not cause too much upheaval.

"A lot of people are settled in their jobs and nobody really wants change," he said.

"I think from the retirement point of view, if it comes at the right moment in your life it is a welcome opportunity for a lot of people.

"As far as redeployment is concerned, some people are quite content with it I think, once the change has been made."

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