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Cuts At 20 Councils

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

GMB Feedback Reveals Details On New Round Of Cuts At 20 Councils From April 2014

With more attacks on the jobs and conditions in the offing a national meeting of senior stewards will take place for Friday 4th October to determine our response says GMB.

GMB, the union for public service workers, is collating details on the next round of cuts in jobs and services in local councils across the UK to take effect in April 2014. 

GMB representatives have given feedback to the union of new cuts at 20 councils as follows:


£40m between 2013 and 2015 on top of £60m cuts since 2010


£159m over next 5 years



£196 million by 2019, on top of £170 million saved since 2010



Labour leader, Anne Western, warned of 1,600 job losses. £157m by 2017-18


£222m by 2017



£36m over the next year


Forest Heath




£32m savings needed until 2017


Hull City







£3.5m over next 2 years


Mid Sussex


£2.8m savings needed


£24m over next 3 years












£45m over next 3 years







600 job losses



expected to have cuts of £109m over 3 years but extra cuts needed


Earlier this week GMB published an analysis of official data from Office for National Statistics (ONS) showing 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. 

ONS data shows that the fall in the number of public sector employees in the same period in North West has been 83,,000 or  -11.4%, followed by the South West with a fall of 77,000 or  -13.9% followed by London with a fall of 73,000 or -9.0%, followed by West Midlands with a fall of 61,000 or -11.5%, followed by Yorkshire and The Humber with a fall of 60,000 or -10.6%, followed by South East with a fall of 58,000 or -8.0%, followed by  East of England with a fall of 49,000 or -10.3%, followed by Scotland with a fall of -49,000 or -7.8%, followed by North  East with a fall of 43,000 or -14.5%,  East Midlands with a fall of 44,000 or -10.8%, Wales with a fall of 20,000 or -5.7% and Northern Ireland with a fall  of 11,000 or -4.8%.


Brian Strutton, GMB National Secretary for Public Services, said “on top of the jobs and services already lost the tragedy is that the worse is yet to come in terms of cuts.

The evidence on the ground supports this. GMB feedback from the current round of council budget reviews for next year in 20 councils suggest accelerating cutbacks. As a result, many communities in some of the most deprived regions will find their local economy in tatters.

The Office for Budget Responsibilities’ forecast for net total public sector job losses during the lifetime of this Parliament means that the prospect for the next two years could be up to a further 400,000 job losses.

GMB representatives from around the country are reporting that public sector workers are fed up with being told they have to accept pay restraint and reductions to their terms and conditions to protect their jobs and their local services only to find that the jobs and services go anyway.

With more attacks on the jobs and conditions in the offing GMB has called a national meeting of senior stewards for Friday 4th October to determine our response”.


Contact Brian Strutton 07860 606 137, or Alex McLuckie GMB Scotland 07885 348 269 or Wales 029 2049 1260 or GMB press office  07921 289880

Notes to editors

re ONS data on public sector job losses.

1 Sources - Office for National Statistics:

2 Estimates are based on where people are employed.

3 Quarterly changes in employment may be due to seasonal effects.

4 English further education colleges and English sixth form college corporations classified to the public sector from 1993 to 31 March 2012. They are therefore included in public sector estimates from 1993 to Q1 2012, and to the private sector thereafter.

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