Wolverhampton City Council outlines £17m cuts

Related Stories

Wolverhampton City Council is to make £17m of cuts in its 2013-2014 budget.

The council says it needs to save almost £68m over the next five years and will be reviewing youth services, street cleaning and council premises.

Council tax is being is being frozen for the forth successive year.

Roger Lawrence, leader of the Labour-led council, said: "If we could deliver the same service out of a smaller number of buildings... that is a priority."

He said: "We have already had to save £80m over the last four years and this year we once again have to cut budgets to the tune of £17m in order to balance the books."

The council's net budget for 2013-2014 is £255m.

Mr Lawrence blamed central government cuts, and said urban areas like Wolverhampton were being "unfairly targeted".

Conservative opposition leader Neville Patten said: "Savings should be made through looking at council departments themselves first, where there are a lot of vacant jobs that wages are still being claimed for. These should be got rid of before services.

"We all understand cuts have to be made, but this budget is aiming at the more vulnerable elderly and disabled groups purposefully."

More on This Story

Related Stories

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites

BBC Birmingham & Black Country

Weather

Birmingham

18 °C 13 °C

Features

  • A painting of the White House on fire by Tom FreemanFinders keepers

    The odd objects looted by the British from Washington in 1814


  • Chris and Regina Catrambone with their daughter Maria LuisaSOS

    The millionaires who rescue people at sea


  • groynes at ClactonRunning the rule

    Will Clacton's voters opt for UKIP over the Tories?


  • Plane7 days quiz

    What unusual offence got a Frenchman thrown off a plane?


  • Children testing a bridge at a model-making summer school in Crawley, West SussexTiny shipyard Watch

    The art of making boats out of coffee stirrers


BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.