Wolverhampton City Council planning £64m of savings

Wolverhampton Central Library Library opening hours could be cut and charges made for internet access

Related Stories

Plans to cut £64m from its budget have been announced by Wolverhampton City Council.

The council has tweeted "services will go and jobs" and claimed this was "the most severe financial challenge in the authority's history".

The proposals include raising charges to schools for providing meals, reducing library opening hours and closing the central baths.

The council has blamed a reduction in central government grants.

In September the authority announced that it was planning to cut 1,000 jobs to make savings.

It said the move was necessary to avoid a deficit of £89m by 2019.

Baths fear

A rise in council tax of 2% next April, the first increase in four years, is "virtually certain", the Labour-controlled authority said.

Councillor Andrew Johnson said: "There is just no way we can make these levels of savings without dramatically reducing our spending in terms of the services we provide."

Other proposals

  • Events programme reduced by £80,000
  • Christmas lights funding reduced by £25,000
  • Collection of garden waste over the winter months to stop, saving £150,000
  • Wolverhampton Art Gallery, Bantock House Museum and Bilston Craft Gallery to be run in "more commercial ways"
  • Voluntary sector grants to be reduced by £1.6m
  • Reducing councillors' expenses
  • Reducing spending on marketing
  • Reducing the levels of management within the council

The charges the council makes for providing school meals could rise 2.5% in 2014/2015 and 5% over the following three years.

Schools will have to decide whether to pass increase on to parents, the council said.

Closing libraries early and charging users for internet access could save £1.7m, the authority said, and avoid the total closure of one of its 15 branch libraries.

A subsidy of £316,000 to the city's central baths could be ended and it could close completely if the council is unable to find someone to take over its running.

The council has published full details of the proposals on its website, with a consultation period beginning next month.

The final decision will be made by the full council in March 2014.

More on This Story

Related Stories

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

BBC Birmingham & Black Country

Weather

Birmingham

12 °C 4 °C

BBC Local Live

  1.  
    Signalling problems 10:45:

    London Midland tweets: There are signalling problems between #Walsall and #RugeleyTV at the moment. Trains running through these stations may be delayed.

     
  2.  
    Teacher compensation 10:29:

    Hundreds of thousands of pounds was paid out to teachers across the West Midlands in compensation last year, BBC WM reports.

    Classroom generic

    Figures released by the NASUWT teaching union show that one 33-year-old teacher in our region was awarded £300k after she was badly injured breaking up a fight between two pupils.

     
  3.  
    Women released on bail 10:15:

    Four women have been released on bail after being held over an alleged plot involving bogus resignation letters at a primary school.

    The investigation is centred on Adderley Primary School in Saltley.

     
  4.  
    St George's Day 09:59:

    Dudley Council has confirmed its St George's Day celebration line-up.

    St George killing a dragon

    Performers are set to include the Sedgley Morris Men, Brierley Hill Musical Theatre, Black Country Gaz and the Kingswinford Air Training Corps band. There will also be the Great Brierley Hill Bake-Off competition!

     
  5.  
    £200m Aston Villa takeover? 09:45:

    The Telegraph reports that Aston Villa could be set for a £200m takeover by American billionaires if the club stays in the Premier League.

     
  6.  
    LATEST UPDATES
     
  7.  
    'Rather teach my son at home' 09:30: BBC WM

    A single mother from Birmingham says she'd rather teach her son at home than send him to the school being offered by the council.

    Karandip Pahal lives in Edgbaston with 4-year-old. All three of her choices for primary schools have been turned down and instead her son Rajan has been offered a place at a school in Balsall Heath.

     
  8.  
    Wolves v Rotherham 09:17:

    Promoted Wolves are expected to be unchanged at Molineux as they look to cement their hold on the League One title against Rotherham United.

    After clinching promotion at Crewe last weekend, if Wolves win and Brentford lose, they would be champions barring a series of mathematical improbabilities.

    You can hear full coverage on BBC WM 95.6 FM from 14:00.

     
  9.  
    Trott off with stress 09:03:

    Warwickshire and England batsman Jonathan Trott is to take a second break from cricket because of stress.

    Jonathan Trott

    He returned to playing for his county side earlier this month after being forced to leave England's Ashes Tour in November.

    The 32-year-old, who played for Warwickshire against Sussex this week, is contracted to the England and Wales Cricket Board. A statement on his future is expected later today.

     
  10.  
    116mph on M6 toll 08:44:

    The central motorway police group in the West Midlands tweets: The highest speed dealt with since 0700 is 116mph on the M6 Toll. This will likely result in disqualification and a hefty fine. Speed kills!

     
  11.  
    Fine and dry 08:27:

    A cold, perhaps frosty start, then a dry and fine day with plenty of strong sunshine.

    Winds will be light and variable and it will feel warm. Highs of 14C (57F).

     
  12.  
    Risk of collapse? 08:12: James Bovill Journalist, BBC WM

    Is Spaghetti Junction at risk of collapse? The Greater Birmingham & Solihull Local Enterprise Partnership says more cash is needed to keep it safe.

    Spaghetti Junction

    Hear more on BBC WM's breakfast show shortly.

     
  13.  
    Good morning! 08:00: Stephanie Barnard BBC Local Live

    I'll be bringing you the very latest news, sport, travel and weather updates for Birmingham and the Black Country today.

    We hope you have a great bank holiday weekend, whatever you've got planned. Do share your photos if you take any while out on email, Twitter and Facebook.

     

Features

  • Gabriel Garcia MarquezExotic carnival

    Gabriel Garcia Marquez's prose conveyed overflowing imagination


  • Religious sites in Jerusalem's Old CitySacred city

    What makes Jerusalem so holy to three religions?


  • Theresa May's shoes at the 2004 Conservative party conferenceThey wore what?

    10 sartorial moments that reveal the superficiality of politics


  • Lion (generic)On the loose

    How zoos plan for a lion escape


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.