Public sector cuts hit the North hardest

Posted on - 20th September, 2011 - 9:35am | Author - | Posted in - Politics

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Government cuts in the public sector are hitting parts of the North hardest, according to a new study by a research group.


Centre for Cities said the North West, North East, the Midlands and Yorkshire and the Humber had lost over 175,000 public sector jobs in the past year.

The East of England had lost 40,000 jobs, while in other parts of the UK like London, the South East, Wales and Scotland, there has been an increase in public sector employment.

Joanna Averley, chief executive of Centre for Cities, said: “In those places that are highly reliant on the public sector, the impact of the cuts will be felt hardest. This is now playing out in North and East of the country, where the economies of their cities are more public sector dependent.

“Cities that are more affected should focus on re-training and re-employment initiatives which support people back to work in the private sector.

“In the long term, these cities will need a realistic action plan which builds the conditions needed for private sector investment.”

Official figures last week showed that public sector employment fell by 111,000 between March and June to just over six million, the biggest fall since comparable records began in 1999.

Centre for Cities said private sector jobs were also falling in some parts of the country, including Wales, the South West and Scotland.

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