Office of National Statistics data show that 31,800 Yorkshire and Humberside Council employees lost their jobs between the first quarter of 2010 and the third quarter of 2012. This is 13.1% of the total Council workforce in the region.
Calderdale Council job losses over this time were even worse – 23.4% of Calderdale Council employees lost their jobs. Staff numbers fell from 9,869 in the first quarter of 2010 to 7,564 in the third quarter of 2012.
A disaster for local communities
The GMB National Secretary for Public Services said,
“These are the people who provide local services so cuts are a disaster for local communities and for those workers who have lost their jobs. Council budgets are still being cut – this trend in falling employment numbers is likely to continue into 2014.
Not a single council worker ever contributed anything to the financial crisis that they are being made to pay the price for. Neither did any of the elderly, needy or vulnerable local citizens that rely on ever diminishing council services.”
Have you lost your job with Calderdale Council, or been affected by a reduction in Council services as a result of these job losses? Please let us know.