Councils set to cut 4,500 jobs

As many as 4,500 jobs are at risk, it was revealed today.

Nearly 4,500 jobs are at risk as councils up and down the land prepare to wield the axe in an attempt to slash their deficits.

An article in today’s Local Government Chronicle gives full details of the planned losses, which come on top of the 6,700 posts axed by councils in the six months to March.

Among the worst hit will be Birmingham (pictured, with 800 job losses), which is run by the Conservatives and Liberal Democrats, Aberdeen (600) – run by the SNP and Lib Dems – Conservative county councils Devon and Gloucestershire (500 each) and Labour-run South Tyneside (350).

The news comes the day after the Times reported a council tax freeze in Tory-run councils in London.

The report said:

“Many Tory councils have managed to limit tax rises only by imposing charges, privatising services or cutting jobs — a practice likely to spread if the Tories win the general election.”

Brent council (300) run by a Conservative/Liberal Democrat coalition, and Tory-run Hounslow (100) are the local authorities with the biggest planned cuts in the capital.

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