The Branch’s response to the Council Forum held last night!

Published July 22, 2016 at 13:01

Responding to the Budget and Medium Financial Strategy Update discussed at Blackburn with Darwen Council Forum last night, which saw councillors agree a further package of cuts and reiterated 500 jobs would be lost.

David Atkinson, UNISON North West Regional Organiser said:

“Central Government cuts are forcing councils across the County to cut back valuable services and much-needed jobs.  The great tragedy is that none of this is necessary.  We need more funding for our public services.

This is terrible news for people in Blackburn and Darwen.  The Council has already lost a quarter of its workforce since 2010.  On the present course, the Council  will have been depleted by 40% in just nine years. 

Cuts are already having an impact on service provision.  Services are understaffed and staff are struggling to keep services functioning for the public.  News of further cuts will be a big blow to council staff and to service users.  We will work to protect and support our members through this difficult time.”    

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