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Dudley Council cuts: 110 jobs to be axed at authority and tax rise planned to bring in £4 million

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More than 100 jobs will go at Dudley Council during the next financial year, while council tax will rise by four per cent, it has been announced.

A total of 110 roles will be axed at the cash-strapped council, bosses said as they revealed their budget proposals for 2017/18.

It means the jobs cull will continue at the authority, which has axed around 150 staff over the last two years.

Another 60 are due to go by 2020.

Bosses also revealed they were proposing to increase council tax by 3.99 per cent, the maximum rise allowed without triggering a referendum.

The move is expected to bring in £4 million at the council, which must save £25m over the next three years.

Leader of Dudley Council, Councillor Pete Lowe, said: "These are difficult times we continue to find ourselves in and we have had to look at how we deliver services to make them leaner and more efficient than ever before.

"Many of the savings in the budget report are based on transforming the way we do business to try to protect jobs and essential frontline services wherever possible."

More to follow on wider budget plans in the Express & Star.

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