GMB Very Concerned Over Huge Impact Of Further Cuts At Birmingham City Council On Services And Jobs
Cuts will impact on Birmingham residents which has some of the most deprived and vulnerable demographics in the country for whom these essential services are a lifeline says GMB.
GMB, the union for public sector workers, responded to Birmingham City Council 133-page "white paper", outlining its budget proposals for 2015 requiring savings of £117 million next year and job cuts of 1,125 FTE jobs.
Gill Whittaker, GMB regional organiser, said “GMB is concerned that there will be significant budget reductions across the Local Authority but has particular concerns that there are drastic reductions to essential services.
As well as expressing anger at the impact this will have on GMB members jobs, the GMB is anxious about the impact that these budget reductions leading to cuts in services will have on the residents of Birmingham.
This is particularly in light of the government commissioned Kerslake report which states that Birmingham has some of the most deprived and vulnerable demographics in the country for whom these essential services are a lifeline.
The cuts equate to the equivalent of 1,125 FTE jobs but in real terms with many part time workers who are predominantly women and or carers in the local Authority it will lead to over 4,000 job losses in this current financial year.
These cuts will not help restore economic development for Birmingham. The Kerslake report concludes that for Birmingham to be the civic power it has been in the past then such economic development is essential. With these unprecedented attacks on funding from central government the City Council is in the insidious position of knowing the solution to its problems but being unable to implement them.
Whilst the GMB recognises the impossible situation the City Council has been placed in because of the unprecedented ideological and disproportionate cuts to its funding from central government. It will none the less give a robust and strong defence of its member’s jobs particularly if the council implements a policy of compulsory redundancies.”
Contact: Gill Whittaker 07850 768351 or Joe Morgan 07794 247 960 or Samantha Jones 0121 550 4888 / 07939 874272