Public sector

NE sees 'largest loss' of public sector jobs

Stephanie Finnon

BBC Newcastle

The North East has seen the biggest percentage cut to public sector jobs of all of England’s regions, according to new figures.

The research was carried out by the think-tank, the Institute for Public Policy Research North.

It says there are 72,000 fewer public-sector workers in the region than a decade ago - a fall of 24%.

That compares to 9% in London, which saw the lowest drop.

Public sector finances

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Government borrowing - public sector net borrowing excluding public sector banks - was £0.2bn in February 2019, £1bn less than the same month a year ago, the Office for National Statistics said.

Borrowing in the current financial year-to-date (April 2018 to February 2019) was £23bn - the lowest for 17 years (using the period April 2001 to February 2002).