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Monday, 01 February 2016

25,000 jobs could be axed due to council spending cuts, warns GMB

Written by The Press Association

More than 25,000 jobs are under threat because of cuts to council spending across the country, new research has revealed.

Local authorities in many areas are proposing job losses, ranging from tens to thousands.

The GMB union, which compiled the data, said it was now involved in daily meetings with councils in a bid to scale back the cuts and loss of services.

National officer Justin Bowden said: "Councils are now making cuts to services they offer the general public like bin collections every three weeks or ending cleaning gulleys, as well as severe cuts to services for the elderly and for children.

"Regular home helps and hot meals on wheels are from a bygone era. So much for David Cameron's claim that front-line services would not be cut."

A Department for Communities and Local Government spokesman said: "This Government is providing a long-term funding settlement for the first time allowing local authorities to plan with certainty. Councils will have almost £200 billion to spend on local services, including a £3.5 billion social care package, over the lifetime of this parliament."

Proposed job losses which the GMB said it is dealing with, amount to over 25,000, including:

  • 3,000 Glasgow City Council
  • 2,000 Edinburgh City Council
  • 1,800 Cumbria Council
  • 1,200 Birmingham City Council
  • 1,000 Coventry City Council
  • 1,000 Kirklees Council
  • 1,000 North Lanarkshire Council
  • 900 Fife Council
  • 700 Falkirk Council
  • 700 Derbyshire County Council
  • 640 Bradford Council
  • 640 Swansea
  • 600 South Tyneside Council*
  • 540 Brighton & Hove City Council
  • 500 Leicestershire County Council
  • 500 Rotherham Council
  • 500 Lambeth
  • 454 Hampshire County Council
  • 450 Croydon Council
  • 400 Durham Councty Council
  • 400 Plymouth City Council
  • 400 South Lanarkshire Council
  • 400 Stockton Council
  • 400 Wandsworth and Richmond Councils
  • 400 Sheffield
  • 367 Lancashire County Council
  • 350 Walsall Council
  • 343 Northamptonshire County Council
  • 306 Argyll and Bute
  • 300 Blackpool Council
  • 275 Dudley Council
  • 250 East Sussex County Council
  • 250 Newcastle City Council
  • 200 Merthyr Tydfil Council
  • 186 Salford Council
  • 180 Nottinghamshire County Council
  • 180 Southampton City Council
  • 150 Stirling
  • 150 Kent County Council
  • 120 Warrington Borough Council
  • 100 Portsmouth City Council
  • 100 Worcestershire County Council
  • 85 Wirral
  • 84 Western Isles
  • 59 Southend Council
  • 51 Manchester City Council
  • 50 Cambridgeshire County Council
  • 46 Westminster
  • 45 Carlisle City Council
  • 45 Dundee City Council
  • 39 Rochdale Borough Council.

*South Tyneside said its predicted job losses cover four years, not just the next financial year.

The figure of 600 reflects the maximum number of potential job losses anticipated over this four-year period, said the council, adding it will do everything it can to reduce the number and wherever possible avoid compulsory redundancies.

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