by Tim Lezard A further 21,000 jobs are under threat in the public sector, according to GMB research. The union has spoken to local officers and discovered 26 local authorities are consulting on a further 20,794 job losses as the process of budget maki …

Tim Lezard

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by Tim Lezard

A further 21,000 jobs are under threat in the public sector, according to GMB research.

The union has spoken to local officers and discovered 26 local authorities are consulting on a further 20,794 job losses as the process of budget making for 2015/16 gets under way. Since the Tories came to power in 2010, 14% of public sector workers have already lost their jobs.

GMB national secretary Brian Strutton 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.”


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