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237,000 jobs lost from UK cuts

Friday July 6th 2012

Nearly 250,000 people have lost their jobs since the 2010 general election as a direct result of the coalition Government's austerity measures, according to stinging criticism from the GMB union.

The amount of civil servants working for councils in England and Wales had dropped from 2.254 million between January and the end of March 2010 to just over two million for the first quarter of 2012.

GMB claimed the South West has been the worst affected region, where local authority employment has decreased by 40,600, closely followed by the North West (34,300), East England (30,300), the West Midlands (25,000), and Yorkshire and the Humber (24,300).

Councils in Cornwall, Devon, Essex, Lancashire, Suffolk and Nottinghamshire have all reportedly experienced the biggest cuts, while overall employment in the public sector plunged from 6.3 million to 5.9 million over the same period.

GMB general secretary Paul Kenny said: "What lies behind these statistics is the cold hard fact that this Government has destroyed 236,900 local authority jobs in England and Wales since the general election in 2010. In the UK as a whole, 424,000 jobs have been lost in the public sector in that period.

"These cuts have created unemployment, denied job opportunities to young people and cut services as the bankers continue to rip away with their bonuses and their fiddles."

Copyright Press Association 2012

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