Over 2,000 lollipop men and women cut since 2010

More than 2,000 lollipop men and women have lost their jobs since 2010, when a Conservative-led government first came into power.

14 Feb 2020

This is according to the GMB union, which obtained the figures from a Freedom of information Act request.

In 2009/10, 7,128 lollipop men and women were employed by local councils in England, Scotland and Wales, but by 2017/18 this had dropped by 2,081 to 5,047.

”Ten years of brutal Tory austerity have left scars right across our society,” GMB National Secretary, Rehana Azam, said.

”It’s got to the point where our kids aren’t even safe walking home from school,” she added.

The West Midlands and North West lost the most crossing patrol officers – 386 and 378, respectively.

“Our public services need proper funding, so they can rebuild from the ruins left by a decade of savage cuts,” Azam said.