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.
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.
As you’re here, we have something to ask you. What we do here to deliver real news is more important than ever. But there’s a problem: we need readers like you to chip in to help us survive. We deliver progressive, independent media, that challenges the right’s hateful rhetoric. Together we can find the stories that get lost.
We’re not bankrolled by billionaire donors, but rely on readers chipping in whatever they can afford to protect our independence. What we do isn’t free, and we run on a shoestring. Can you help by chipping in as little as £1 a week to help us survive? Whatever you can donate, we’re so grateful - and we will ensure your money goes as far as possible to deliver hard-hitting news.