Threats to make an army of Birmingham park keepers and rangers redundant have been withdrawn following outcry from residents groups.

The news came as Birmingham City Council bosses confirmed their final budget for 2014/15 including a 1.99 per cent council tax rise.

But following widespread consultation on the proposed budget plans to slash the parks budget by £2.6 million and make 32 park keepers redundant have been withdrawn.

Instead the full compliment of parkies are to be kept and a more modest £600,000 cuts made through efficiencies, removing some old lesser used playgrounds.

The council has set the band D council tax at £1,136.05, a rise of 1.99 per cent on last year - the highest rise allowed without calling a public referendum.

But with £85 million cuts to be made this year and more next many services remain under threat - including the closure of four libraries and the outdoor education service.

Council Labour leader Sir Albert Bore said that it is getting more difficult to make cuts every year.

He said: “The city council has been making radical changes to the way we work and achieving significant efficiency savings for several years, under both this political administration and the last.

“We have reduced our staff by 33 per cent since 2010 and a further 1,000 jobs will go in the year ahead.

"However all of this becomes harder each year and in the budget set out in this document we have found it extremely difficult to maintain the full range of services we provide.”

He confirmed that contractor Capita-Service Birmingham, which supplies IT, call centre and revenue collection services, has agreed to make cuts of at least £20 million a year to its contract.

Meanwhile the Amey roads and highways repair and maintenance contract will be reduced by £1 million a year.