Birmingham & Black Country

Birmingham crossing wardens saved from cuts

School crossing wardens who faced the axe by Birmingham City Council have been given a reprieve, saving 180 jobs.

The GMB union said crossing staff had been told they would be made redundant unless schools agreed to fund them,

The council has now agreed to fund patrols for a further year but will look at potential partners.

A spokeswoman for the GMB union said it welcomes the decision, but is seeking assurances for the future.

The council had mooted cuts to the service in budget proposals announced in December but has instead announced a trust will be launched in a bid to fund the service going forward in 2017.

Council leader John Clancy said: "We need to reduce costs to the council and to that end I've already had encouraging talks with potential partners and will continue to work on this important area."

Gill Whittaker, of the GMB union, said: "We welcome the stance that has been announced by the council. However, we need to have assurances they are not in this situation a year from now. The council should look to make the funding permanent, so people don't have to go through this again."

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