More than 100,000 public servants face possible redundancy over the Christmas period as public sector employers rush to announce job cuts before a 1 January deadline.
By law, councils must announce potential redundancies 90 days in advance. An investigation by the Guardian revealed that 140 local authorities were yet to announce any job cuts. If these councils plan to see any benefit in their upcoming budgets at the end of March, they will have to send out the letters in the next two weeks.
The public sector faces severe cutbacks in the forthcoming financial year and redundancies are expected in most public sectors, including the police.
The general secretary of the Trades Union Congress, Brendan Barber said: "Thousands of local government workers face having their Christmas ruined by redundancy notices. Councils in particular are bringing forward job losses in order to cope with the deep budget cuts that take effect next April."