How will the relationship between citizen and state change?
The coalition government is asking nurses, police officers and other public sector workers to suggest ideas for "fair and responsible" savings. What impact will such changes have on UK society?
Ministers will determine the extent of the squeeze faced by individual departments in October's spending review but are asking workers to outline services they believe are non-essential.
David Cameron and Nick Clegg e-mailed or sent letters to workers about the scheme, in them the prime minister wrote: "We want you to help us find those savings so we can cut public spending in a way which is fair and responsible."
General secretary of the GMB union, Mr Kenny, said: "Cameron and Clegg have a damned cheek in asking public sector workers to co-operate in sacking thousands of them. It is an utter outrage."
Are you a public sector worker? Are you happy to suggest savings? Will the financial crisis mean that the relationship between citizen and state needs to be redefined? Should the private sector and voluntary sector become more closely involved?
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