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ENGLISH STAFF DOWN BY 20,000

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English councils lost the equivalent of almost 20,000 full- time jobs between June 1995 and June 1996, according to...
English councils lost the equivalent of almost 20,000 full- time jobs between June 1995 and June 1996, according to the Local Authority Joint Staffing Watch.

The figures include fire services and teachers. The biggest percentage fall was in construction, which lost the equivalent of 4,000 full-time workers. Corporate services lost 5,200 jobs, reducing full-time equivalent staff to 115,500.

Planning and economic development bucked the trend and gained the equivalent of 1,100 full-time staff, more than any other service.

The loss of jobs since last year is due to a combination of factors, including CCT and the cumulative effect of financial restrictions on councils, according to Local Government Management Board principle research officer Peter Norris.

'A fourth public sector pay freeze won't make things any easier,' he said.
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