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South West employment high despite 6,000 losing jobs

Employment remains high in the South West, despite 6,000 people losing their jobs between June and August this year.

Total unemployed in the South West
Employment high in the South West Credit: Philip Toscano/PA Wire

There’s good news in the South West where there are over 2.7 million people in work, with an employment rate of 76.8% - one of the highest rates for any UK region.

But there’s more to do, particularly when it comes to supporting young people into employment. We want to build a solid base for the future, that’s why today I have announced the roll out of our Jobcentre Plus Support for Schools scheme in England which will give tens of thousands of young people help in taking their first steps into the world of work.

– Damian Hinds, Employment Minister

Green Party slams Council decision to cut 1,000 jobs

The Green Party has slammed the government for reducing funding which "make it impossible for local councils to deliver essential basic services".

The condemnation comes in the wake of news Bristol City Council will axe 1,000 jobs to keep up with budget cuts.

We stand alongside the unions who are opposing the cuts which will decimate essential public services across Bristol, and the impact this will have on the most vulnerable in our city.

This government seems determined to systematically dismantle local councils with no regard for the pain this will cause ordinary people.

– Charlie Bolton, Leader of the Green Council Group

The Green Party Spokesperson for Local Government added:

In addition to savage cuts in services that so many Bristolians rely upon, people working in local government have faced years of uncertainty and pay freezes - now 1 in 6 of them could now lose their jobs this autumn. This is devastating to the people concerned and their families, and will also have a serious impact on the delivery of vital council services.

– Tony Dyer, Green Party Spokesperson for Local Government

Job losses would have a 'devastating' impact on services

Job losses at Bristol City Council could have a "devastating" impact on services, one union has said.

UNISON said the cuts could leave the Council "unable to fulfil its legal duties, particularly around social care for elderly and vulnerable people".

It's now calling on Marvin Rees to list the services Bristolians can expect to see if Central Government cuts keep coming.

And, although the council is offering voluntary redundancy, Unison has warned up to half the losses could be compulsory.

Slicing more and more off budgets while expecting the same service to be delivered is not realistic any more.

We are seeing the beginnings of a crisis in social care and you only have to look around the city streets to see the homelessness that results.

Real political leadership is needed from the Mayor. Firstly to decide what kind of public services he wants given the lack of money, and second to unite with the leaders of other core cities and say to Theresa May: give us the funding we need – or we risk failing our residents.

– Steve Crawshaw, branch secretary for UNISON Bristol
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