Telford & Wrekin Council to axe 50 jobs in cost cuts

Telford & Wrekin Council looks set to axe another 50 jobs as pressure mounts on to save nearly £9million in the 2013/14 budget.

More cuts in services are feared as the authority prepares to thrash out one of the toughest budgets it has faced.

Councillors are due to discuss the budget tonight at Telford College of Arts and Technology, in Wellington. Council staff have already been asked to volunteer for redundancy, while council tax is to rise by 1.9 per cent, adding 32p a week to the average bill.

Councillor Bill McClements, cabinet member for resources, said since May 2011 the council has reduced by 985 to make savings totalling £31m due to Government funding cuts.

“Next year, we have to make a further £9 million in savings and a sad but inevitable consequence of this is we expect to have to lose about another 50 jobs during the 2013/14 financial year,” he said.

“We have a strong track record of working with trade unions and employees to minimise the number of compulsory redundancies.”

Tonight’s meeting starts at 6.30pm and is open to the public.