15 February 2011
Research by the Green Party shows that compared to all other regions the West Midlands is to suffer the worst level of job losses because of Government cuts.
The swathe of council job losses across England and Wales is set to worsen the North-South divide as councils in the North and Midlands are disproportionately hit by government cuts, the Green Party said today.
Figures show the West Midlands is to suffer much worse than other regions, seeing 7.05 jobs in every 1000 lost, almost twice the national figure of 3.96 and nearly three times the 2.7 average in the South East.
Speaking on behalf of the Green Party in the West Midlands Tom Harris said:"These figures demonstrate the socially destructive potential of the cuts. It is absolutely unacceptable that the areas with the greatest need for investment are being most affected by the cuts programme.
"The West Midlands has already been hit the hardest by the recession - manufacturing is suffering and businesses of all kinds are finding it impossible to get the loans they need to keep trading because the banks won't lend."
Tom Harris stressed the importance of investing in an already fragile economy, concluding:"Instead of these harmful cuts, which are worsening national divides and increasing inequalities, the government should introduce a system of progressive taxation and job creation." ENDS
WEST Midlands councils must cut more than £1.5 billion from their budgets as a result of the Government's emergency financial measures - a 28.4 per cent reduction in council spending by 2014.
Last week Birmingham City Council, run by a Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition, announced 7,000 job losses.
1,500 jobs are expected to go from Worcestershire County Council, 800 from Dudley Council, 800 from Sandwell Council, 500 from Staffordshire County Council and 400 from Walsall Council.
2000 jobs are to go at police forces in the West Midlands.