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Why has the public sector workplace grown out of control?

The recent revelation that those in the private sector will need to work up to 9 years more than their public sector counterparts for 30% less income has shocked many in the UK. However, there is no doubt that investment in the public sector increased dramatically under the last Labour government and indeed the headcount and number of employees associated with the state ballooned. So why did the sector grow so significantly over the last decade?

Many people believe that investment in the public sector was used as a means to protect and manipulate the employment figures in the UK. There was also concern that the unions held too much sway with the previous Labour government and were able to push through further investment plans in the public sector and also maintain "generous pay and pension arrangements". Whether this is true or not is open to debate but the truth is that UK government investment in the public sector did grown out of control over the last few years.

David Cameron has effectively been left to pick up the pieces and make difficult decisions which some believe will make him effectively "unelectable" at the next election. So has David Cameron really inherited a poisoned chalice?

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