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January job cuts hit 2,500

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January’s local government toll of job losses has reached the 2,500 mark as councils continue to axe posts in an effort to balance their books.

Powys County Council , Hull City Council and Calderdale MBC were among councils to announce staffing cuts this week as unions braced themselves for further widespread losses.

Cuts are also predicted at Exeter City Council and Wyre Forest District Council .

Councils from across the local government spectrum have been affected, with those as contrasting as Birmingham City Council and Mendip District Council announcing staff cuts this month.

Birmingham plans 700 job cuts over the next decade as part of its business transformation plan, which is hoped to save£625m by 2017.

Unison said the losses were a “major concern” and that the government was failing to recognise the role the public sector could play in the recession.

Ken Bell, Unison’s spokesman for the north, said: “We are trying to open up the debate about the role of the public sector in getting us through the recession.

"In the north-east, the public sector is a massive part of the region’s economy and we are concerned that the government has failed to grasp the scale of job losses.”

The latest cuts follow confirmation of a 4.2% grant increase for councils in 2009-10.

LGC's interactive job cuts map

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