Internal restructuring
United Kingdom
West Midlands; West Midlands; Birmingham
Location of affected unit(s)
Public Administration And Defence
Public Administration And Defence; Compulsory Social Security
Public Administration And Defence; Compulsory Social Security
84 - Public administration and defence; compulsory social security

2,000 jobs
Number of planned job losses
Job loss
Announcement Date
11 February 2010
Employment effect (start)
11 February 2010
Foreseen end date


Birmingham City Council is to cut 2,000 jobs, which constitutes 5% of the workforce, as part of plans to cut £70m. It is hoped that early retirement and voluntary redundancy will make up the majority of the job losses. It is suggested that a multi-million pound overspend in child protection services and services for older people and adults with learning disabilities has necessitated the current savings. No date was given by which job losses are expected to be completed.

Tony Rabaiotti, of local government workers union Unison, stated "What the council is trying to do is offer a kind of moral blackmail to employees and that is not good enough. These are political decisions." Dave Prentis, the general secretary of Unison, said: "This is a massive number of job cuts, and the council cannot be serious. It is absolutely wrong to push local government workers on to the dole queues. Birmingham needs its local government workers working, providing the vital services families in the community need to help them recover from the recession."


  • 11 February 2010: BBC Website
  • 10 February 2010: The Guardian


Eurofound (2010), Birmingham City Council, Internal restructuring in United Kingdom, factsheet number 70177, European Restructuring Monitor. Dublin, https://restructuringeventsprod.azurewebsites.net/restructuring-events/detail/70177.