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Lancashire County Council to cut 2,500 jobs

Wed, 15/01/2014 - 13:22 -- nick

Lancashire County Council is to cut 2,500 jobs by 2016 as the coalition government's cuts bite hard.

The Council hopes to carry out the majority of cuts through voluntary redundancy, although these are likely to include reduced terms as money saving is prioritised.

The job reductions will be full-time equivalent posts, meaning the number actually affected is likely to be higher as part-time workers also lose their jobs.

Councils filling jobs with unpaid forced labour says Boycott Workfare

Fri, 03/01/2014 - 13:16 -- nick

Councils in the UK have used more than half a million hours of forced labour, a Freedom of Information (FoI) request has revealed.

Submitted by campaigning organisation Boycott Workfare, the response showed that 62% of councils which provided information had given work experience to unpaid unemployed people since June 2011.

Councils have cut nearly half-a-million workers during recession

Tue, 25/06/2013 - 13:20 -- nick

Councils in the UK have lost 416,000 jobs since the beginning of the government's austerity programme.

Zurich Municipal, the public sector insurers, also warns that less than half the likely total has been lost to date, with around 900,000 slated for unemployment by 2017.

This would represent 16% of all local government employees.

Many councils have moved into sharing services as a way of cutting costs, with at least 337 co-operating on 325 services.

Birmingham Council to cut 1,000 more jobs

Wed, 24/10/2012 - 12:18 -- nick

Birmingham Council is to cut 1,000 more jobs, it revealed today.

The Council, the biggest in the UK, will have its central government grant cut by £53million next year and £332million over the next five years.

But it says that it will have to cut its budget by around half, or £600million, in total.

Leader Sir Albert Bore said: “This is the end of local government as we have known it.

"We have to start decommissioning services. I am not looking forward to this but it has to be done.”

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