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Jobs at risk at Home Affairs department

More jobs could go within the Department of Home Affairs as it struggles to make savings.

The Department says it has already made more than £4 million worth of savings since 2010 but is now concentrating on identifying further efficiencies with the aim of saving a further £2 million over the next two years.

Schemes such as the demolition of Victoria Road prison, the sale of Onchan police station and the transfer of the Isle of Man Fire and Rescue headquarters have all led to large capital receipts for government, whilst minimising the impact on frontline services.

The DOH claims its raft of services ranging from police and fire and rescue to the prison and emergency planning unit now cost just over £1 per day per person on the Island.

It seems further job losses could be on the cards as the department reasseses staffing levels. It currently has the highest ratio of salary costs as a proportion of its budget of any government department.

It says a further impact on jobs is likely by the end of the process and Minister Juan Watterson admits further losses can't be ruled out.

Among other ideas for future savings is the development of an on-island training facility for firefighters to cut on travel and accommodation costs for UK-based courses, as well as a new custody block at police headquarters to consolidate all Douglas detention facilities into one location.

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