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Council HR chiefs advocate across-the-board pay cuts

The Government should look to Spain's example and consider across-the-board cuts to public sector pay as it prepares to tackle the £156 billion budget deficit.

That was the radical message from leading HR directors in the same week the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) warned 725,000 public sector jobs could be axed by 2015 - a 45% increase on its original forecasts.