'1 in 14 public sector workers lost jobs in three months'

First published in Jobs News

ONE in 14 public sector workers in the South-West lost their jobs between July and September last year, according to new figures from the Office of National Statistics.

A total of 37,000 workers – at seven per cent, the largest fall in the country – of those employed in the region by local government, the police, the forces and the NHS lost their jobs.

Nigel Costley, Regional Secretary of the South-West TUC, said: “All across our region public sector jobs are disappearing in droves as local councils, government agencies and the health service are forced to cut services to the core as the Chancellor’s austerity measures hit hard.

“More than 37,000 public sector workers in the South-West have now lost their jobs at a time when finding work has never been harder.

“Behind every job loss is not just the job consequences but the loss of valuable public services.

“Ministers must see that their economic policies are doing huge harm, and with more spending cuts coming down the track and the recovery still weak, thousands more public servants will soon be swelling the ranks of the unemployed.

“A change of direction which has jobs and growth at its heart is now long overdue.”

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10:09am Sun 4 Mar 12

Monument says...

The quality control of articles on this site is appalling. In this short piece we have two versions of South West one with a hyphen the other without and the fourth and penultimate paragraphs have no closing speech marks.

Come on SCG surely you can do better!!
The quality control of articles on this site is appalling. In this short piece we have two versions of South West one with a hyphen the other without and the fourth and penultimate paragraphs have no closing speech marks. Come on SCG surely you can do better!! Monument
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11:15am Sun 4 Mar 12

Mi_Coc says...

They don't call it a local fish wrapper for nothing.

At weekends the site is edited by a four year to save cost.

As the public sectori haven't notice and improvement or decline in services. Proves they have removed the dead wood.
They don't call it a local fish wrapper for nothing. At weekends the site is edited by a four year to save cost. As the public sectori haven't notice and improvement or decline in services. Proves they have removed the dead wood. Mi_Coc
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1:29pm Sun 4 Mar 12

creecher says...

For far too long this country has had to put up with a top heavy management sructure and by management i mean the public service workers employed for jobs that are not needed and in some cases made up just to employ more staff, for too long our taxes have been wasted on the bureaucracy our councils have invented to make life difficult for everyone and to justify their increase in budget spending year on year.
Well i for one am glad staff have been cut back, but i do feel sorry for the useful hard working staff who have lost their jobs just so useless and uneeded members of staff can keep theirs because theyre mates with someone higher up, i don't think these cut backs will do any good about addressing the wastage that goes on within our public sector as they are still employing people for uneeded jobs and paying too higher saleries for those vacancies. Its about time public sector workers stood up and started blowing the whistle on their employers when they waste money and made it easier to sort the wheat from the chaff.
For far too long this country has had to put up with a top heavy management sructure and by management i mean the public service workers employed for jobs that are not needed and in some cases made up just to employ more staff, for too long our taxes have been wasted on the bureaucracy our councils have invented to make life difficult for everyone and to justify their increase in budget spending year on year. Well i for one am glad staff have been cut back, but i do feel sorry for the useful hard working staff who have lost their jobs just so useless and uneeded members of staff can keep theirs because theyre mates with someone higher up, i don't think these cut backs will do any good about addressing the wastage that goes on within our public sector as they are still employing people for uneeded jobs and paying too higher saleries for those vacancies. Its about time public sector workers stood up and started blowing the whistle on their employers when they waste money and made it easier to sort the wheat from the chaff. creecher
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4:08pm Sun 4 Mar 12

pcas775 says...

this a news paper not an english test . just read the news .councils need to be cut top down not bottom up .not enough money will be saved other wise , high pay at the top is killing the public sector
this a news paper not an english test . just read the news .councils need to be cut top down not bottom up .not enough money will be saved other wise , high pay at the top is killing the public sector pcas775
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7:52pm Sun 4 Mar 12

Monument says...

Public information services like newspapers have a responsibilty to set an example when it comes to spelling and grammar. If they can not properly punctuate their text how can their readers have any faith in what they report.

Second rate english = second rate reporting.
Public information services like newspapers have a responsibilty to set an example when it comes to spelling and grammar. If they can not properly punctuate their text how can their readers have any faith in what they report. Second rate english = second rate reporting. Monument
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8:45pm Mon 5 Mar 12

BaldCarl2 says...

12 in 14 too few for me

Binmen, coppers and proper teachers. Anything else is a waste of cash.
12 in 14 too few for me Binmen, coppers and proper teachers. Anything else is a waste of cash. BaldCarl2
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9:39pm Mon 5 Mar 12

mr_mister says...

creecher wrote:
For far too long this country has had to put up with a top heavy management sructure and by management i mean the public service workers employed for jobs that are not needed and in some cases made up just to employ more staff, for too long our taxes have been wasted on the bureaucracy our councils have invented to make life difficult for everyone and to justify their increase in budget spending year on year.
Well i for one am glad staff have been cut back, but i do feel sorry for the useful hard working staff who have lost their jobs just so useless and uneeded members of staff can keep theirs because theyre mates with someone higher up, i don't think these cut backs will do any good about addressing the wastage that goes on within our public sector as they are still employing people for uneeded jobs and paying too higher saleries for those vacancies. Its about time public sector workers stood up and started blowing the whistle on their employers when they waste money and made it easier to sort the wheat from the chaff.
Too right. My experience working for the local council showed me how poorly organized and inadequately managed it is. Most would not last 5 minutes in the private sector....
[quote][p][bold]creecher[/bold] wrote: For far too long this country has had to put up with a top heavy management sructure and by management i mean the public service workers employed for jobs that are not needed and in some cases made up just to employ more staff, for too long our taxes have been wasted on the bureaucracy our councils have invented to make life difficult for everyone and to justify their increase in budget spending year on year. Well i for one am glad staff have been cut back, but i do feel sorry for the useful hard working staff who have lost their jobs just so useless and uneeded members of staff can keep theirs because theyre mates with someone higher up, i don't think these cut backs will do any good about addressing the wastage that goes on within our public sector as they are still employing people for uneeded jobs and paying too higher saleries for those vacancies. Its about time public sector workers stood up and started blowing the whistle on their employers when they waste money and made it easier to sort the wheat from the chaff.[/p][/quote]Too right. My experience working for the local council showed me how poorly organized and inadequately managed it is. Most would not last 5 minutes in the private sector.... mr_mister
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8:56am Tue 6 Mar 12

Dick Turpin Works For Council says...

Monument wrote:
Public information services like newspapers have a responsibilty to set an example when it comes to spelling and grammar. If they can not properly punctuate their text how can their readers have any faith in what they report.

Second rate english = second rate reporting.
Your comment gives us the opportunity to point out to you, Monument, that "responsibility" has an 'i' between the 'l' and the 't'.
Additionally you have posted your comment as a question and so, sorry to be picky, it really needs a question mark at the end.
[quote][p][bold]Monument[/bold] wrote: Public information services like newspapers have a responsibilty to set an example when it comes to spelling and grammar. If they can not properly punctuate their text how can their readers have any faith in what they report. Second rate english = second rate reporting.[/p][/quote]Your comment gives us the opportunity to point out to you, Monument, that "responsibility" has an 'i' between the 'l' and the 't'. Additionally you have posted your comment as a question and so, sorry to be picky, it really needs a question mark at the end. Dick Turpin Works For Council
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12:15pm Tue 6 Mar 12

Monument says...

Duck Terrapin

I am not professionally informing the public a news events.

I am merely an ill educated carrot cruncher who struggles to string a sentence together so that it is comprehensible.

What I am certainly not going to doing is improve my writing skills by reading the SCG.
Duck Terrapin I am not professionally informing the public a news events. I am merely an ill educated carrot cruncher who struggles to string a sentence together so that it is comprehensible. What I am certainly not going to doing is improve my writing skills by reading the SCG. Monument
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12:59pm Tue 6 Mar 12

creecher says...

Monument wrote:
Duck Terrapin

I am not professionally informing the public a news events.

I am merely an ill educated carrot cruncher who struggles to string a sentence together so that it is comprehensible.

What I am certainly not going to doing is improve my writing skills by reading the SCG.
If you yourself have a problem with spelling and grammar, then perhaps complaining about others doing the same is not such a good idea. Judging by your last comments you do have a problem with both and if i was you i would stick to passing comment on what is being reported and not the style of the reporting.
[quote][p][bold]Monument[/bold] wrote: Duck Terrapin I am not professionally informing the public a news events. I am merely an ill educated carrot cruncher who struggles to string a sentence together so that it is comprehensible. What I am certainly not going to doing is improve my writing skills by reading the SCG.[/p][/quote]If you yourself have a problem with spelling and grammar, then perhaps complaining about others doing the same is not such a good idea. Judging by your last comments you do have a problem with both and if i was you i would stick to passing comment on what is being reported and not the style of the reporting. creecher
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12:17pm Wed 7 Mar 12

sheldoncooper says...

Monument wrote:
Public information services like newspapers have a responsibilty to set an example when it comes to spelling and grammar. If they can not properly punctuate their text how can their readers have any faith in what they report.

Second rate english = second rate reporting.
Capital "E" for english
[quote][p][bold]Monument[/bold] wrote: Public information services like newspapers have a responsibilty to set an example when it comes to spelling and grammar. If they can not properly punctuate their text how can their readers have any faith in what they report. Second rate english = second rate reporting.[/p][/quote]Capital "E" for english sheldoncooper
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