Coventry City Council could cut 18 arts jobs

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Eighteen jobs from two museums and a theatre in Coventry could be cut as part of council plans to save £700,000.

People working at the Herbert Art Gallery and Museum, the Transport Museum and the Belgrade Theatre would be affected by the proposals.

Ed Ruane, from the council, said the move would mean being able to keep admission to the museums free and keep opening times the same.

If approved the changes would be made by March 2014, he said.

'Not unexpected'

Mr Ruane said: "We're looking to bring in around 17% of savings but we're hoping the people of Coventry won't notice any changes."

The plans include one body running both museums instead of the two that currently manage them.

Hamish Glen, chief executive and artistic director of the theatre, told the BBC the plans were "not entirely unexpected".

The plans will be discussed at a meeting on 9 October before a full council meeting on 23 October.

The Labour-run council needs to make £17m of savings in 2012/13.

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