UK's biggest council axes 1,000 jobs
Published by Max Salsbury for 24dash.com in Local Government and also in Central Government, Communities
Birmingham City Council's decision to axe a further 1,000 jobs has been labelled a "searing indictment of the coalition government and its devastating cuts" by the union Unite.
The union says that Birmingham, the biggest council in the country, has been forced into an impossible position after the government slashed core grant funding again in March. Projected budget cuts of £615 million by 2017 have since risen to £840m as a result.
The union has warned that the biggest losers will be the people of Birmingham who rely on council staff to keep their streets cleans, bins emptied, elderly cared for and roads maintained.
Lynne Shakespeare, Unite regional officer, said: “Not surprisingly, Birmingham is in the top 10 of councils to suffer the biggest cuts, while some rich Tory-shires are actually seeing budget rises. Whatever happened to ‘we’re all in this together’?
“The government is letting the people of Birmingham down in the most appalling way, as it squeezes ever more money from the council’s coffers. The services people rely on to look after their children and care for elderly relatives will be slashed.
"Such a devastating blow to the people of Birmingham should send shock waves through Westminster. Cuts on this scale are simply not sustainable.”
According to the most recent data, 13,268 people work at the council, a 31.5% drop in the workforce since 2010.