Government Forces £92 Million Of Cuts Onto Warwickshire County Council Leading To Further 11% Cut In Workforce
This is the start of a new round of cuts which has seen 631,000 jobs go in the UK public sector and 61,000 in the West Midlands says GMB
Warwickshire County Council has announced that Government cuts in funding will force it to find savings of least £92 million over the next 4 years. The cuts amount to a reduction in the council’s budget of 26%.
The council is now starting consultation regarding proposals that will impact across a range of front line services including social care, support for children and schools, the library service, highways and the fire service. Overall, the proposals will see the council’s workforce reduce by 11%.
On 30th September GMB revealed that the latest official data from ONS shows that the number of employees across all the public sector in the UK (seasonally adjusted) has fallen from 6,328,000 in Q1 2010 to 5,697,000 in Q1 2013. This is a fall of 631,000 or -10.0% since the general election in 2010. The fall in the number of public sector employees in the West Midlands in the same period is 61,000 or -11.5%.
Stuart Richards, GMB Organiser, said “This is the start of a new round of cuts which has seen 631,000 jobs go in the UK public sector and 61,000 in the West Midlands.
The council has already been forced to make cuts of £70 million over the last 3 years. GMB worked with the council to mitigate the effects of these cuts, but there is no escaping the fact that this has impacted on front line services and the council’s workforce has reduced by over 12%.
GMB still remains committed to working with the council to mitigate the effect of these further cuts on both council services and council workers. However, we’re under no illusions that these cuts will lead to significant job losses and will impact on the council’s ability to provide decent public services. This will affect all residents of the county, but will hit the poorest and most vulnerable hardest.
It is really important that the Government is made aware of the impact of these cuts and GMB will continue to campaign at a national and local level to do this. We’re extremely disappointed that the elected leaders of the council have not done the same.
Our message to the Government is simple. Council cuts? Not in our name!”
Contact: Stuart Richards, GMB Organiser on 07957265774 or Samantha Jones, Media/Researcher on 0121 550 4888