Nearly 150 Walsall Council workers have come forward to take voluntary redundancy it was revealed today.
It comes after chiefs revealed that positions will be axed under a £19 million package of savings that will see the children’s services department budget cut and Walsall Museum close.
The council started looking for candidates for voluntary redundancy in August – and since then 149 staff have expressed an interest.
There will be 332 job losses in total in the 2014/15 budget to add to the 450 redundancies in the past four years. Fifty five of those posts affected are vacant.
Some 97 posts will be lost in social care, of which 22 are already vacant, while 88 will go in children’s services, with seven of those already vacant.
Finance chief Councillor Chris Towe said: “Although 149 people have expressed an interest, that’s not to say that all of those will end up taking voluntary redundancy, as in some cases it might not fit with what we want to do.”