LONDON, July 12 (UPI) -- Britain's Labor government announced Monday its plan to slash 104,000 government jobs in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, the BBC reported.
Chancellor Gordon Brown told Parliament the cuts, along with other efficiency measures would save about $40 billion for other public services.
The chancellor's spending review covers from June 2005 until August 2007, and sets the priorities for Labor's general election platform.
The money saved would go toward extra spending on health, education, defense, housing and overseas aid, he said.
Opposition Conservatives, however, said Brown was trying to grab headlines rather than achieve far-reaching reforms and predicted his efficiency pledges will fail to materialize, forcing him to raise taxes.
Liberal Democrat financial critic Vince Cable said it was "completely unrealistic" of Brown to believe he can "avoid making painful choices between projects and programs by abolishing waste."