Hereford & Worcester

Worcestershire County Council may have to save £100m

The leader of Worcestershire County Council has admitted a further £10m worth of savings could be necessary on top of the £90m already forecast.

The Conservative-led authority had set itself a target of saving £70m by 2014, rising by another £20m with a loss of 850 jobs by 2016-17.

Councillor Adrian Hardman told BBC Hereford and Worcester the figure could end up being as much as £100m.

He said: "It's definitely going to have an impact on [more] job losses."

The council has already saved £50m by saving money on bus routes, libraries and youth centres.

Mr Hardman said: "So far we've said in the region of 850 jobs to go and this figure will rise because our spending will be reduced further and that will be £10m worth of pay being reduced."

Earlier this year it was agreed that two senior council officers would be made redundant, saving the authority about £300,000 a year.

Other ways of saving money may include reducing layers of management, staff working from home more and selling off some of the 300 council-owned buildings.

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