With councils already hammered by austerity cuts, the GMB have circulated data on 26 local authorities that are consulting on 20,794 job losses — merely a taster of what could be coming in the next parliament.
Having overlaid it with details of the largest party in each area, however, Scrapbook can’t see much blue in there. The figures show that just 7% of upcoming losses — which include front line services such as elderly care and children’s services — are in Tory led areas.
The news comes after a university study revealed that councils in northern areas had to shoulder cuts of £160-per-head more than in the south-east.
So were the public lied to when told ‘We’re all in this together’?
Or have the Tory councils just sacked everyone already?