Cash-strapped councils to keep cutting jobs

Recession-hit councils across England and Wales will be forced to keep cutting jobs, the Local Government Association (LGA) has warned.

The BBC has reported that income from the sale of public buildings and land was down £2.7bn compared with 2007-08 and interest on cash deposits down £1.3bn.

Compared with two years ago, councils were facing a shortfall equivalent to £11m every day, the LGA report said.

LGA vice-chairman Jeremy Beecham said: “Almost 7,000 jobs have gone in the past six months alone and, as the effects of the recession continue to be felt, we fully expect councils to keep on cutting jobs over the course of the next 12 months.”

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