Communities 'threatened by cuts'


General Secretary of Unison Dave Prentis warned that communities will be devastated by forthcoming jobs cuts

The Government has been warned that “savage” cuts in public spending are posing a threat to local communities and hitting the prospects for economic recovery, as a new dossier of job losses was published.

Unison detailed around 100,000 posts facing the axe in local authorities, the NHS, police forces, the fire service and education following announcements in the past six weeks alone.

The union said a growing number of workers were being consigned to the dole queue, threatening the services they provided.

Recent announcements included 1,600 at the Heart of England NHS Trust, 1,200 council jobs in Hampshire, 1,000 in Norfolk and 400 in East Sussex, said Unison.

Unison said the careers service had also fallen victim to cuts, with 8,000 jobs set to go by the end of March.

General secretary Dave Prentis said: “This dossier makes very grim reading. Behind every statistic there are families desperate to keep a roof over their heads, food on the table and the dignity of a decent job.

“With unemployment up to 2.5 million, the coalition cuts are blighting lives and wrecking the country’s chances of recovery. Sacking workers and closing down essential services will not put the economy back on its feet.

“The latest figures show record levels of unemployment for 16 to 24-year-olds, with one in five unable to find work. Getting the right help can make or break the future of young people desperately trying to find their feet, as well as workers made redundant struggling to retrain.

“Cutting 8,000 jobs from the careers service will add to their difficulty. The hikes in tuition fees, education cuts and record unemployment means that many young people don’t know which way to turn and now they will have one less place to turn to.”

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