Warwickshire County Council has announced that in the next four years there will be job cuts, with a maximum of 627 positions being removed, and has announced plans to merge its fire service with the Hereford & Worcestershire service to save money.
Tony Rabaiotti, the regional head of local government for Unison in the West Midlands, has described today's plans by Warwickshire County Council to cut 627 positions in its latest round of budget cuts as terrible news for the county.
He said the job losses would have a knock-on effect to the local economy with the extra people unemployed.
The Leader of Warwickshire County Council says she cannot rule out saying goodbye to some council run services all together, when the local authority's next budget is set for the next four years.
The council set out its plans to make £92 million in savings earlier on today. Councillor Izzi Seccombe said a maximum of 627 staff would need to be made redundant, and it was inevitable some of those would be compulsory.
There are also early talks about merging the Warwickshire Fire Service with the Hereford & Worcester Fire Service to save money.
In outline plans revealed by Warwickshire County Council today, the local authority say it needs to save more than a quarter of its budget over the next four years. ITV News Central reporter Chris Halpin explains the figures above.
More than 600 people are at risk of losing their jobs, and there are talks to merge the county's fire service with the neighbouring Hereford & Worcestershire Fire Service.
Six hundred more job cuts and plans to merge two neighbouring Fire & Rescue services together - just two of the ways one council plans to save millions of pounds.
Warwickshire County Council set out its vision today at how the local authority will again cut its costs. It says it must slash its budget by more than a quarter - that's more than 92 million pounds. But unions have reacted angrily to the proposals. Chris Halpin reports.
ITV News Central spoke to people in Warwick today about plans to cut the County Council budget by more than a quarter over the next four years. Many said they feared for the future as some services could be cut completely.
Warwickshire County Council has started talks with Hereford and Worcester fire about a possible merger of services.
Both say they want the partnership to happen so they can provide, 'the best possible coverage'. There is no programme for station closures, but if the merger does happen a new fire authority will decide on the matter.
It is believed a decision on the merger could be made by May 2015.
Currently, the fire service costs Warwickshire Council £20million a year. If the merger does not take place, the Council will need to make 12% savings over four years.