Or, more accurately, unemployment by a single cut, for 1,800 CPS employees.
The Government, perhaps wisely, has told the CPS to cut costs by 25%. The guff in the leaked memo aside, the vast bulk of cutting costs will come, as usual, from sacking people.
Senior Crown Prosecutors making 50-60K a year, who are still knocking about in the mags courts, are extremely high-cost. I can phone chambers and get a third six pupil or junior to cover a court for a hundred and fifty quid. 5 days a week = 750 a week, and if court sits for 48 weeks a year, that's 36K. People earning that much need to be in the Crown Court, saving fees if they are to justify their existence.
But no sick pay, no pension, no training costs, no travel and subsistence. The Bar is starting to look like good value again.
If the budget cut is 40%, however, it's not just 1,800 jobs, it's 3,300, which will cost £70M...
the Anonymous Soon-To-Be-Ex-Prosecutor