Cuts: two years on

Two years since the coalition government outlined its public spending cuts, thousands of jobs in the public sector have been lost in the North East.

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North East council job losses: statement

Councils in the North East have cut nearly 8000 jobs in the two years since the Comprehensive Spending Review, when the Chancellor outlined what savings needed to be made in the public sector budgets. The Department for Communities and Local Government released a statement responding to the figures.

"Funding is being directed to where it is needed most so councils can protect the front-line services people rely on, shield the most vulnerable places, safeguard the most vulnerable people, and protect taxpayers' interests.

Given that councils account for a quarter of all public spending, it is vital they play their part in tackling the budget deficit the Government inherited."

– Spokesperson, Department for Communities and Local Government

Nearly 8000 North East council jobs cut in two years

Councils had to cut nearly £700m from their budgets. Credit: Association of North East Councils

The number of job losses from councils in the North East has reached nearly 8000 in the first two years since the government announced its programme of public spending cuts - with hundreds more in Cumbria and Southern Scotland. The figures show the number of voluntary and compulsory redundancies.

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