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Next year will see 'deepest cuts' to Walsall budget

The leader of Walsall Council has warned that next year's budget cuts of £29.2 million will be the harshest over the coming few years.

A further £57m will then have to be slashed from future budgets as part of a four-year savings plan ending in 2019.

Walsall Council leader Sean Coughlan has warned next year will see the 'deepest' cuts Credit: Walsall Labour party

Council leader, Councillor Sean Coughlan, said:

As I've said before, next year will see the deepest of cuts over our four year budget plan.

Faced with £47 million funding reductions from central government and the limitation on council tax increases, our hands are tied and it hasn't been easy.

But our priority has been to protect the most vulnerable people and to do what we can to continue making Walsall a good place to live.

– Councillor Sean Coughlan, Walsall Council leader

Ex-Tigers player Hampson unveils plan for £500k rehab centre

Former Leicester Tigers player Matt Hampson has launched a £500,000 appeal to build a rehabilitation centre for injured young people.

The 29-year-old set up the Matt Hampson Foundation after being paralysed from the neck down while training with England Under-21s nine years ago.

A total of £220,000 was pledged at a single fundraising night in London earlier this month Credit: Matt Hampson Foundation

And he now wants to build the Get Busy Living Centre - with almost half the money already in the bag.

A total of £220,000 was pledged at a single fundraising night in London earlier this month.

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What's under threat at Walsall Council?

As council chiefs in Walsall prepare to make more than £86 million of cuts over the next five years, a draft budget has been drawn up.

They include proposals to make savings in the following areas, among others:

  • 487 council jobs to be axed
  • Eight libraries to close
  • 12 Children's Centres to be shut
  • Walsall Museum to close
  • Bin collections to go from weekly to fortnightly
  • Charges introduced for green waste collections
  • £2 million to be saved from the youth services budget

The council also plans to review the council tax reduction scheme and the discounts on offer to residents, in the hope of saving an extra £3m.

Survey finds Birmingham Airport 'second best in UK'

A major airport satisfaction survey has placed Birmingham Airport as the second best in the UK.

Passengers were asked about queuing, the cost of food, parking, cleanliness, noise, and the helpfulness of staff Credit: PA

The survey asked 10,000 passengers across the country their views on things including queuing, the cost of food, parking, cleanliness, noise, and the helpfulness of staff.

Birmingham was pipped to the top spot by Glasgow Airport.

Consultation over £86m of council cuts begins in Walsall

A public consultation over £86 million of budget cuts at Walsall Council will begin today.

Walsall Museum is under threat as part of the plans Credit: Google Maps

The cuts, of which £29m will have to be slashed next year, includes hundreds of job losses and the closure of Walsall Museum.

The consultation will give people the chance to have their say on where the axe should fall in the next five years.

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