Civil service job losses in Gloucestershire
Gloucestershire, Wiltshire and North Somerset have lost more than a third of their civil service jobs since the Conservatives came to power.
Government data released showed the number of full-time, permanent civil service staff in the three counties has fallen from 28,050 in 2010 to 18,180 in 2016.
That is a drop of 9,870 jobs, or 35.2%.
It is one of the highest percentage falls in the county.
Nationally there has been a 23.9% drop in such posts since 2010.
And in Inner London - where most government departments and executive bodies are based - the fall has been just 6.8%.
The then-coalition government pledged a ‘bonfire on the quangos’ back in 2010, abolishing 192 government agencies and merging 118 more.
The data shows, though, that it is the regions of England - rather than the capital - that has lost most heavily on tens of thousands of jobs.
Nationally, the number of full-time, permanent civil servants has fallen from 410,240 six years ago to 312,360 now.
That is a loss of 97,880 jobs.
The number of all civil servants - including part time and temporary workers - has dropped from 527,500 to 418,360, or by 109,140.
In Inner London, though, the fall has been just 3,490, from 62,660 to 59,170.
Nationally, the data shows that women make up 54.2% of civil servants, but only 40% of those in the most senior ranks.
Some 11.2% of staff with a known ethnicity are non-white, but only 7.0% at the most senior levels.
The data was published by the Office for National Statistics.
Tracy Millard (L. Tuffley): “What really concerns me is the impact that these jobs losses have had on residents, services users and those still working for the Council. Just because these job positions have been removed doesn’t mean that people don’t need our help. For the members of staff who are left behind we are seeing that their work loads are increasing, and so you have to ask yourself – what does this mean for the services they provide? Whether it’s been in the Fire Service or the Special Education team we have seen redundancies delivered at record high rates, often the Council have claimed that it’s because services need to change in order to become more efficient, however what we can be sure of is that residents need our help now more than ever, so we shouldn’t be seeing the cuts to staffing levels whilst demand is increasing – its frankly unacceptable.
I have also grave concerns over how the redundancy and restructuring process has been handled at the County Council as I know that some members of staff are unhappy at their treatment.”
Civil service job losses in Gloucestershire Gloucestershire, Wiltshire and North Somerset have lost more than a third of their civil service jobs since the Conservatives came to power. Government data...