At least 35 Bromsgrove District Council workers are set to lose their jobs, it has been revealed.
A budget shortfall of more than £1.6 million has led to district bosses considering job cuts in a bid to save cash next year. And in a controversial statement released this week, a spokeswoman from the council said that although job losses were being considered, extra cash was expected to be ploughed into the Bromsgrove Street Theatre.
Around eight vacant posts are set to be cut with a further 27 posts being scrapped to help the council meet its savings target. But council chiefs said they would invest thousands of pounds into extra sports opportunities for young people, better CCTV coverage, a bigger and better Street Theatre and improved street cleansing.
Council leader Roger Hollingworth said: "We are facing immense financial pressures including the need to make a three per cent efficiency saving.
"Clearly this is a difficult time for staff and our aim is to minimise the number of compulsory redundancies as far as we can. We will do this through redeployment, voluntary redundancies and working with the recognised Trade Unions.
"At this stage we estimate the number of compulsory redundancies reducing by half although we will try to minimise it as much as possible."
Consultation with affected staff and the trade unions has begun and staff will be asked to apply for voluntary redundancy as a way of reducing the number of compulsory redundancies.