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Local Authority Staff

Volume 202: debated on Friday 24 January 1992

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To ask the Secretary of State for the Environment what was the total number of staff employed directly by local authorities, in England and Wales, in each year since 1979.

The information for England is as listed. Staffing levels of local authorities in Wales are a matter for my right hon. Friend the Secretary of State for Wales.

Staffing levels at June of each year
YearTotal staff (full-time plus part-time)Total (full-time equivalents)
19792,512,5931,975,170
19802,474,9001,951,070
19812,420,9561,914,368
19822,392,8511,887,175
19832,405,4481,892,603
19842,409,5611,891,823
19852,419,2931,892,117

Staffing levels at June of each year

Year

Total staff (full-time plus part-time)

Total (full-time equivalents)

19862,448,7091,902,192
19872,490,5181,922,430
19882,514,3301,929,719
19892,453,9221,886,548
19902,480,0591,900,965
19912,457,7511,885,941

Source: Joint Staffing Watch for England.

Note:—Three major events caused significant losses from the local authority sector during the period covered by this table. The numbers involved are:

  • 1. Approximately 6,300 ftes due to the abolition of the GLC and the metropolitan county councils in 1986.
  • 2. Around 14,500 ftes due to the change in status of the local authority bus and municipal airport staff in 1986 and 1987.
  • 3. Around 39,000 ftes when polytechnics and higher education institutions transferred from the public to the personal sector in 1989.