Nearly 150 jobs could be lost at Swindon Borough Council next year, it has emerged.
Early proposals for next year’s council budget suggest cutting 148.5 full-time equivalent posts over the next year to save money.
Fifty-nine of those posts are vacant, but that leaves 89 filled posts to be cut.
The redundancies are part of 420 anticipated job losses over three years announced by the council last year.
Deputy leader of the council and cabinet member for finance, Russell Holland, said: “We value all of our staff and the excellent work they all do.
"Redundancies are absolutely the last resort but we have a responsibility to set a balanced budget.
"Even if the proposed job cuts go ahead, as the council’s budgeting stands at the moment, it will still have a shortfall of £5m next year."
Leader of the Labour group, Jim Grant, condemned the possible job losses.
He said: “We’ve been told it’s the end of austerity, so either Swindon’s Tories are incompetent financially and have to make these cuts, or they are ideologically driven to cut the council back to its bare bones regardless, and leave the people of Swindon with fewer and fewer services.”