130 jobs to go at Dudley Council
Almost 130 posts will be axed at Dudley Council in the wake of £34million of cuts, new figures reveal.
Finance bosses said a total of 115 voluntary redundancies and 11 compulsory redundancies were currently planned during the 2014/15 financial year as the council struggles to balance its books.
The number of voluntary redundancies is higher than originally thought - but there have been fewer compulsory redundancies, council bosses said.
It follows the council axing 621 jobs over the past three years, which cost the council £13m in severance and pension costs.
Deputy council leader Councillor Pete Lowe said: "In the light of reduced funding from national government we are working on smarter and more innovative ways of delivering services.
"With regard to staffing levels we are also looking to reduce the need for compulsory redundancies by encouraging voluntary redundancies, managing vacancies and redeploying staff to other areas wherever possible.
"Inevitably, however, there will be some compulsory redundancies as a result of the agreed budget for 2014/15 and we will be working with staff throughout this process."
Among the job losses are management positions at the borough's children's centres.
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Last month the council revealed 19 jobs have been identified as at risk of redundancy as part of the shake-up of children's centres, which includes nine management positions which have been cut.
The council has previously come under fire from union bosses, who represent some of the workers at the council.
Steve Beardsmore, branch secretary for Unison, said he was concerned that the authority was reaching 'breaking point' due to ongoing staff cut-backs.
The budget approved in March resulted in a council tax freeze, which resulted in a £1.1million government grant.
Rates for properties in the borough will remain the same with band D homes paying £1,272.67.
Cuts already identified include street cleaning, which will see residents being encouraged to hold their own litter picks, and plans to shorten the collection period for green waste to save £100,000.
The management of Kingswinford's Broadfield House Glass Museum could be transferred to a third party in a bid to trim £170,000 off the budget by 2015/16.
There are also proposals to save up to £581,000 by cutting road construction.
While Dudley Performing Arts service had £178,000 slashed from its budget.
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