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21,000 More Job Losses At 26 Councils

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Further 20,794 Job Losses In 26 Councils As Official Headcount Of Number Of Workers Down By 898,000 Since 2010 General Election

Essential public services like care for the elderly, children's services, street cleaning and road maintenance are being cut to the bone says GMB.

GMB, the union for public sector workers, has completed a round up from local officers which show that 26 local authorities are consulting on a further 20,794 job losses as the process of budget making for 2015/16 gets under way.

Set out in the table below is the latest official data from ONS on the regional and UK wide changes in public sector headcount between Q2 in 2010 and Q2 in 2014. This shows that the number of workers in the public sector has fallen by 898,000 since the general election. The highest % fall has been in North East, South West, North West and Yorkshire and Humber.

Consultations are underway on job losses as follows:

Barking and Dagenham - 410

Birmingham – 6,000 over next 4 years

Blackburn with Darwen - 300

Bolton - possible 500

Calderdale – 200 by 2016

Coventry – 1,000

Cornwall – 280 by April 2015

Cumbria – 1,800

Derbyshire – 2,000 over 3 years

Dudley – possible 300 over next 3 years

East Renfrewshire – possible 200

Hampshire – 1,000

Harrow – 700 staff since 2010-11

Highland Council – possible 1,000

Kirklees – 1,400 by 2017/18

Lincolnshire – 400

Middlesbrough - 220

North Tyneside – 350 over 2 years

Nottinghamshire - 500

Oldham – 118

Southampton 130

South Tyneside - 350

Trafford - 199

Vale of Glamorgan - 450

Walsall – 487

Wirral - 500

Regional public sector employment

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2010 Q2

2014 Q2

change

% change

North East

293,000

238,000

-55,000

-18.8

North West

720,000

599,000

-121,000

-16.8

Yorkshire and The Humber

563,000

466,000

-97,000

-17.2

East Midlands

401,000

350,000

-51,000

-12.7

West Midlands

528,000

448,000

-80,000

-15.2

East of England

476,000

414,000

-62,000

-13.0

London

811,000

711,000

-100,000

-12.3

South East

714,000

624,000

-90,000

-12.6

South West

545,000

443,000

-102,000

-18.7

Wales

351,000

315,000

-36,000

-10.3

Scotland

627,000

544,000

-83,000

-13.2

Northern Ireland

227,000

214,000

-13,000

-5.7

 

       

 

2010 Q2

2014 Q2

change

% change

England

5,052,000

4,292,000

-760,000

-15.0

Great Britain

6,030,000

5,151,000

-879,000

-14.6

United Kingdom

6,289,000

5,391,000

-898,000

-14.3

United Kingdom (seasonally adjusted)

6,292,000

5,394,000

-898,000

-14.3

 

 

 

 

 

UK figure includes approximately 30,000 public sector employees who could not be assigned to a region.

             

Brian Strutton GMB National Secretary for public services, said "Essential public services like care for the elderly, children's services, street cleaning and road maintenance are being cut to the bone.

Unsustainable job losses mean it is impossible to provide even statutory minimum services in many local councils. This is bad for local communities and the economy as a whole.

Even worse, the Tory proposals for further huge cuts the other side of the general election will put public services in a death spiral that will blight a generation."

End

Contact: Brian Strutton 07860 606 137 or Wales 029 2049 1260 or GMB press office 07974 252 823 or 07921 289880

 

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