East Midlands has lost public sector jobs at more than twice the rate of London

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The East Midlands has lost public sector jobs at more than twice the rate of London, according to new government figures published this week.

The figures show that between 2010 and 2015 public sector employment in the East Midlands fell by 7.2 per cent. Over the same period public sector employment fell by 3 per cent in London and by 2.5 per cent in the South East.

The TUC says the findings highlight how austerity has had an unequal impact on UK regions. The East Midlands has lost 26,000 public sector jobs since 2010.

TUC Midlands Regional Secretary Lee Barron said: “While public services across Britain are under pressure from extreme cuts, it’s clear from these figures that the East Midlands has been hit badly by austerity.

“The East Midlands has suffered a higher rate of public sector jobs losses compared to other parts of the UK. By contrast, more prosperous parts of the UK have seen public sector employment fall at a much slower rate.

“With even more severe spending cuts around the corner, the strain on services and communities is only going to get worse.”