Cuts Watch #324: LGA predicts 140,000 council job cuts in the next year
More details are emerging about the likely scale of local government job cuts and the impact on the most deprived areas of the country. The Local Government Association has today revised its estimate of the number of jobs likely to be lost in the next year, raising the figure from 100,000 to 140,000. The LGA says that this is because of the way that the cuts are being front-loaded towards the first year of the four year spending review period.This higher figure is more consistent with the evidence-gathering being done by the GMB which has already identified announcements of 50,000 job cuts in 43 local councils. The LGA research appears to have taken a similar approach and extrapolated the figures for those councils that have not yet announced cuts, based on the level of funding cuts those local authorities are likely to experience.
Also today, a report in the Local Government Chronicle (subscription required) reveals that the Government has commissioned the head of Job Centre Plus to produce a report on the impact of the spending review cuts on employment in different parts of the country. The most deprived local authority areas are set to be hardest hit, partly as a result of the removal of ring-fencing for Area Based Grants, which were used partly to target resources at the geographical areas of greatest need.