Number of workers at Pendle Council drops by 67

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THE number of Pendle Council employees fell by 67 between 2010 and 2012, according to figures from the GMB trade union.

The reduction is part of a drop of 45,000 local authority workers in the same period, said the union.

The council with the highest fall was Lancashire County Council, with 6,284.

In a “league table” of 41 North-West authorities, Pendle was placed 33rd with a drop from 407 employees to 340, a reduction of 16.5%.

Paul McCarthy, GMB Regional Secretary, said “The terrible extent of the cuts that the Tory/Liberal government has imposed on local authorities is plain to see in these new statistics.

“In the North West alone, numbers employed by the 41 councils in the region are down by 45,000 since the general election in 2010.

“These are the people who provide local services so cuts are a disaster for local communities and for those workers who have lost their jobs. Council budgets are still being cut this trend in falling employment numbers is likely to continue into 2014.”