Councils start to shed jobs

Author: The Times   |  

Tens of thousands of public sector jobs will be lost across Britain this year as councils struggle to cope with the impact of the recession.

Forty councils approached by The Times yesterday were planning a total of 7,000 redundancies, and unions fear that few of the 442 local authorities across England, Scotland and Wales will escape the cutbacks. Although most of the job losses will be among backroom staff, there is concern that services will be affected.

The scale of the proposed redundancies is the first indication that Britain’s six million public sector workers will not be protected from the slowdown. Health and education professionals fear that they may be next.

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