Decision day for Walsall budget plan
Chiefs at Walsall Council were this evening meeting to make a final decision on where £21 million budget cuts will be made.
Council bosses at the authority have previously insisted their final proposals – which have seen a number of controversial cost-cutting plans scrapped – were good news for the borough, with council tax frozen and libraries, leisure centres and day care centres staying open.
But concerns have been raised that beneath the surface some services still face devastating cuts with £104m of savings needed in the next five years.
Some £6.82m will go from social care and health, £5.1m from children's services, £1.5m from leisure and culture, £1.69m from regeneration and transport, and £2.3m from resources.
The Walsall Council House meeting is set to begin at 6pm. Protesters from Walsall Against Cuts will be demonstrating outside prior to the meeting from 5pm.
See reporter Laura Blyth's tweets from the meeting on Twitter - Follow @laura25_star
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