More than a thousand jobs could be lost in North East

Photo by: Nick Ansell/PA Archive/PA Images.
Photo by: Nick Ansell/PA Archive/PA Images.

Up to 1650 council jobs could be axed in the North East due to council spending cuts, a research by the GMB union warns.

Proposed job losses in the region include: 600 in South Tyneside, 400 in Durham, 400 in Stockton and 250 in Newcastle.

National officer Justin Bowden said: “Councils are now making cuts to services they offer the general public like bin collections every three weeks or ending cleaning gulleys, as well as severe cuts to services for the elderly and for the children.

“Regular home helps and hot meals on wheels are from a bygone era. So much for David Cameron’s claim that front-line services would not be cut.”

The GMB union, which compiled the data, said it was now involved in daily meetings with councils in a bid to scale back the cuts and loss of services.

South Tyneside council said the figure of 600 reflects the maximum number of potential job losses expected in the next four years and added it will do everything it can to reduce the number.

It is also reported that over the lifetime of this Parliament, councils will have almost £200 billion to spend on local services, including a £3.5 billion social care package.

More than 25,000 jobs around the country are under threat, with Glasgow City Council and Edinburgh City Council being the most affected, each facing potential job losses of up to 3,000 and 2,000 respectively.

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