Blackburn council approves 500 job cuts to save £13m

Image caption Blackburn with Darwen Council will have cut £140m since 2010 by 2019

A plan to cut 500 jobs over the next three years has been approved by Blackburn with Darwen Council.

The Council Forum passed the job losses on Thursday in a bid to save £13m over three years.

It also agreed to end weekly bin collections, and introduce charges for green waste and weekend parking.

Councillor Andy Kay, executive member for resources, said making "major changes" was the only way to "reduce the financial demands on the council."

The authority has axed 1,100 council positions since 2010. And, by 2019, £140m will have been slashed from its budget.

"We have had to cut our only real asset - that is our employees," said Mr Kay.

"This is not good news for the council services or for the local economy," he added.

There are currently 2,700 staff working at the authority.

Weekly collections of general waste bin collections will move to fortnightly from 1 October and the council is also hoping to raise funds by introducing an annual £25 charge for green waste.

In addition to ending free weekend parking charges, the council has also limited Blue Badge holders to just three hours free parking instead of the unlimited time currently in operation.

The job cuts were first flagged up at a finance meeting in February but the move to weekly bin collections and the end to free weekend parking in council car parks was only revealed in the past week.

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