Stoke-on-Trent City Council to cut 70 more jobs

Stoke civic offices Stoke-on-Trent City Council plans to freeze council tax over the next year

Related Stories

Up to 70 jobs are set to be cut at Stoke-on-Trent City Council as part of plans to save £20m in the next financial year.

In September, the local authority announced it needed to find savings of £100m over the next four years.

Plans, going out to consultation, include freezing council tax and raising fees for parking and leisure.

Leader Mohammed Pervez said the savings targets were set by government and out of the local authority's control.

"Since government cuts began three years ago, the council has reduced its budget by £77m," he said.

"The gap between need and funding is now clearly broken."

The Department for Communities and Local Government has previously said that every part of the public sector needed to "keep doing its bit to pay off the inherited deficit" and added that local government accounted for a quarter of all public spending.

Mr Pervez said the Labour-led council had already identified £4.9m of savings through "effective planning" and promised it would "prudently manage every single penny" to protect frontline services as far as possible.

Alongside the 70 job cuts, about 80 vacant posts will not be filled.

More than 1,000 jobs have already been cut at the council over recent years.

The authority has proposed a restructuring of museums, culture and tourism services, including incorporating the tourist information centre currently at the Victoria Hall within the Potteries Museum and Art Gallery.

More on This Story

Related Stories

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

BBC Stoke & Staffordshire



Min. Night 7 °C


  • Painting of the German surrender by Charles PearsMonstrous assembly

    Why did 270 warships gather peacefully in one place?

  • Emily Thornberry and her tweetOut flagged

    How exactly did the Thornberry tweet lead to her resignation?

  • Clanger and BagpussSaggy cloth cat

    What's the future for Children's TV favourite Bagpuss?

  • DerainArt of gaming

    The Tate Gallery goes 3D with Minecraft

  • Neo nazi marchers7 days quiz

    What trick did a German town play on neo-Nazi marchers?

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.