Report claims thousands of jobs could be lost in Portsmouth

An aerial view of Portsmouth where a report warns 6,000 jobs could be lost in the next three years. Picture: Paul Jacobs (111408-4)
An aerial view of Portsmouth where a report warns 6,000 jobs could be lost in the next three years. Picture: Paul Jacobs (111408-4)
HMS Illustrious leaves Portsmouth for the last time
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PORTSMOUTH City Council’s leaders will discuss a report which suggests more than 6,000 jobs could be lost in the city in the next three years.

The prediction is part of the city’s new anti-poverty strategy, which will be discussed by the council’s cabinet later.

It warns government cuts on public spending could see 6,000 jobs lost by 2014.

They would be in the public sector and from private businesses, as a result of lower amounts of cash going to services in the city.

The report also warns that as many as one in four children in the city is currently living in poverty, while one in five elderly people also exists below the national poverty line.

The figures are significantly worse in Charles Dickens ward, where 56.6 per cent of children, and 53 per cent of old people, are living in poverty.

The strategy, which is expected to be passed later today, suggests a number of ways to reduce the city’s poverty levels, including teaching schoolchildren to maximise their incomes, use council services to break ‘inter-generational poverty cycles’, better assess people’s needs, improve skills and employability levels and work across the city to develop programmes to help lift people out of difficulty.