Laura Sharman 07 January 2020

Council warns of 78 job cuts

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Stoke-on-Trent City Council has outlined plans to cut 78 jobs as part of plans to save £9.2m by 2021.

The budget proposals include £336m in capital investment, a record £139.8m spent on adult and children’s services, and £30m investment in commercial properties.

A new Community Investment Fund of £2.5m is also proposed to support community groups and initiatives

Council leader, Abi Brown, said: ‘While we know our Stronger Together strategy is transforming Stoke-on-Trent – we are seeing more homes, more jobs, and more benefits for the local economy – there is still a long way to go and our finances remain challenging.

‘We spend 61% of our budget on adults and children’s services and this demand continues to increase. We have to support the children in our care – they are our number one priority – and the adults and families that need our services. Funding from government has significantly reduced and at the same time by law we have to balance our budget – we have no choice but to continue to make difficult decisions around our priorities. Costs have gone up as has demand for our services.’

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