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POLL REVEALS CUTS WILL COST 6,000 JOBS

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Cuts in local government budgets will lead to the loss of 6,000 jobs this year in 11 councils polled by LGC. ...
Cuts in local government budgets will lead to the loss of 6,000 jobs this year in 11 councils polled by LGC.

The survey, conducted after the teacher's 2.7% pay award, shows at least four councils will be making compulsory redundancies. Losses will be heaviest in education and social services.

Targeted at a selection of the worst hit councils, the straw poll revealed that Sheffield is considering shedding 2,000 part and full-time posts to compensate for a £20 million shortfall.

Sheffield lost 1,350 posts last year, 900 through voluntary redundancies, and because it has few older staff, compulsory redundancies are unavoidable this year.

Derbyshire CC is second worst hit with 800 full and part-time jobs to go, 400 of which will be in education. Derbyshire fire service is losing one fire engine and 60 posts, including badly needed ancillary staff.

Roger Young, organiser of the county's Unison branch, said: 'We are already down to the bone.'

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