Forces chiefs lose perks in £50m cutbacks - Telegraph Question: is this a) a prelude to further cuts at higher levels in the hierachy; b) an effort to make life so unbearable that generals take the gap to the private sector or c) long over due trimming of out dated VIP perks? Forces chiefs lose perks in £50m cutbacks Defence chiefs are being ordered to travel economy class, share cars and move out of their luxury homes under a £53 million cost-cutting drive, ministers have announced. Hospitality budgets that allowed colonels, majors and brigadiers to entertain guests at taxpayers expense have been cut, along with funding for cooks, cleaners and other domestic staff. Junior ministers in the Ministry of Defence now share cars and first class air travel has been banned across Whitehall and the Armed Forces. The Government has faced criticism from within the senior ranks of the military after announcing 20,000 Army posts will be cut as part of moves to reconfigure the service. More than 1,000 service personnel were forced out in June out of a total of 3,800 redundancies. Senior Conservative MPs and a number of ministers are known to be furious at the reductions. However, Philip Hammond, the Defence Secretary, said savings were also being made at the top. He said: Significant savings have been made to ensure we are doing all we can to direct resources to the front line and to make sure all parts of the organisation contribute to the challenge of budget discipline. The MoD published figures showing that £53 million has already been saved. Cuts to the number of support staff employed in the offices of the chiefs of the Armed Forces are expected to deliver the biggest saving, of around £29  million this year. More than £19 million was saved last year through a ban on all first class travel for civilian and military personnel. The criteria for using business class tickets have been tightened up, the MoD said. In future, the professional heads of the Army, Navy and RAF will also see their accommodation downgraded. Once the current chiefs of staff leave their posts, their replacements are likely to move into the accommodation currently being used by the Commanders-in-Chief of the Services, whose roles are also being abolished. This will release Bulford Manor in Wiltshire, an apartment at Kensington Palace, Admiralty House in Northwood, Middx and will see the Chief of the Air staff moving into the Commander-in-Chiefs residence in High Wycombe, Bucks. The result is expected to be a saving of around £202,000 a year. The MoD is also reviewing policy on staff cars to try to make more savings.