Politics 19 January 2011 Tales from the front line: public-sector workers speak out In this week’s New Statesman, six key workers speak out about their fears for 2011. Sign up for our weekly email * Print HTML This is the year that the full force of the coalition's austerity budget will be felt. In a major feature in this week's issue of the New Statesman, a teacher, GP, lawyer, social worker, postman and policeman reveal their concerns about the seismic change that 2011 will bring. You can read their testmonials in the magazine, which hits news-stands tomorrow. In the meantime, here is a taster of what they have to say. The Teacher Gove's English Baccalaureate has the potential to send Britain's education system back 50 years. The teacher is Peter Hyman, No 10 strategist (for Tony Blair) turned deputy head teacher. The Postman The Royal Mail is being slashed back, and it breaks this old postie's heart. The postman works in the south-east of England and writes under the pseudonym Roy Mayall. He is the author of Dear Granny Smith (Short Books, £4.99). The Doctor The way to stop GPs using resources, it seems, is to bombard them with so much admin, they give up. The writer works in a GP consortium in the south-west of England. The Supported Housing Officer Instead of cutting front-line staff, why not cut the bloated bureaucracy? The blog by the social worker Winston Smith won last year's Orwell Prize. His book Generation F will be published by Monday Books later this year. The Policeman Already, in big towns, there can be just half a dozen uniformed cops on duty at any one time. The writer is the blogger Inspector Gadget, author of Perverting the Course of Justice, published by Monday Books (£7.99). The Legal Aid Worker They say our work could be done by volunteers – but filing cabinets of complex cases tell me otherwise. Nick Dilworth is a legal aid casework supervisor in Devon. To find out more about the Justice for All campaign, visit: justice-for-all.org.uk. Are you affected by the cuts? We will be collecting testimonials from the front line over the course of the next year, so tell us your stories. You can do this by writing in the comment box below, by emailing email@example.com, or sending a letter to: New Statesman7th FloorJohn Carpenter House7 Carmelite StreetBlackfriarsLondon EC4Y 0BS › PMQs review: Miliband zeroes in on Cameron’s NHS gamble Samira Shackle is a freelance journalist, who tweets @samirashackle. She was formerly a staff writer for the New Statesman. Subscribe from just £1 per issue More Related articles Douglas Carswell leaves Ukip to become independent MP Labour is a pioneer in fighting sexism. That doesn't mean there's no sexism in Labour Why isn't Labour putting forward Corbynite candidates?