A fifth of Doncaster Council staff lose their jobs, say union

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DONCASTER Council has seen nearly 2,000 of its staff lose their jobs since the General Election, trade unions says.

The GMB said that the number of full-time equivalent staff at the authority has been reduced by nearly a fifth from 10,421 to 8,497.

The 1,924 reduction in staff is the second highest fall in Yorkshire and the Humber behind Leeds City Council, which now has 22,431 full-time staff posts, down by just over 2,700. However, that only equates to nearly 11 per cent of workers.

Only North East Lincolnshire and Selby at 28.1 per cent and 19 per cent respectively have seen a bigger percentage of its workers leave since the election of 2010.

Doncaster Council is faced with having to make just over £70 million worth of savings over the coming years because of Government spending cuts.

The average reduction of staff employed by local authorities since May 2010 for England and Wales and Yorkshire and the Humber is just short of 11 per cent.

The GMB said the figures were supplied by the Office of National Statistics.

Tim Roache , GMB regional secretary said, “These figures go a long way to explain why unemployment has increased in the Yorkshire and the Humber since the General Election.”