IFS report warns next wave of cuts spells misery for c...

IFS report warns next wave of cuts spells misery for communities

14 February 2014

Unite has warned that Britain’s ‘poorest communities will be hit hardest’ from cuts as a report finds that the public sector - excluding the NHS and schools - faces an ‘alarming’ 40 per cent cut in workers in the next five years.

The Institute for Fiscal Studies has today (14 February) published a report which finds that the public sector workforce is rapidly shrinking and further reductions could be up to 30-40 per cent outside the 'protected' areas of schools and NHS. Public spending cuts will also hit the poorest parts of Britain hardest.
The cuts could dwarf the fall of 350,000 workers seen in the 1990s and more than undo the increase of over 600,000 seen during the 2000s.

It would also leave the share of the workforce working in general government at about 15 per cent compared with around 20 per cent during the late 1990s and 2000s.

Unite assistant general secretary Gail Cartmail said: “These job cuts, which will be on an alarming scale, will hit the poorest communities hardest. The people of this country want and need public services.

“For every £1 local government workers receive in earnings they spend 52p in their local area. Job cuts are already choking economic growth and the regions with the largest falls in public sector employment are not seeing the strongest growth in private sector employment.  The government’s continued ideological attack on public services will damage the economy and our communities.

“In a typical disregard for equality from the Tories, women who make up two thirds of the public sector workforce, are being hit hardest by low pay and five years of real terms pay cuts. Public sector workers are now £2,000 a year worse-off in real terms since the coalition took office.  Unite says pay up for public services - our communities want and need it.”


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Notes to editors:

  • Unite is Britain and Ireland’s largest trade union with over 1.4 million members working across all sectors of the economy. The general secretary is Len McCluskey.