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Tory cuts gut thousands of Welsh local authority jobs, an ‘austerity audit’ shows

TENS of thousands of Welsh local authority jobs have been thrown on the scrapheap thanks to Westminster government cuts by the Tories, an “audit of austerity” showed today.

The Unison Cymru Wales analysis found that since 2010 there have been cuts to 28,100 council jobs, 10 per cent of the Welsh workforce, in the country.

Key findings in the audit were that more than 500 jobs have gone in 19 of the 22 councils in Wales.

Women were found to be more adversely affected than men, with women losing 18,400 of the cut jobs.

The union argued that if the 27,500 workers employed by Wales’s biggest private employers were to go, there would be government intervention.

“Yet,” Unison Cymru Wales head of local government Bethan Thomas said, “the Conservative government is completely indifferent to the same number of public service job losses it has caused in Wales by starving Welsh government and Welsh councils of money.

“Stripping funds available to councils means we have lost an army of librarians; youth workers; school support staff; leisure centre staff; carers; highways maintenance workers; social workers; environmental health inspectors and more. Council services are disappearing before our eyes.

“We are at crisis point. It is only thanks to the dedication of council workers going beyond the call that our local services are functioning at all. There is no more scope for cuts in public services.”

The union is calling for a halt to the Westminster Conservative government austerity programme and for investment in vital public services.

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