Stoke-on-Trent City Council has announced its budget proposals for the next financial year. It wants to save £20 million and says 150 jobs will have to go. However, 80 of these posts are currently vacant.
They will increase parking charges by nearly 4%, cut the mobile library service and increase the cost of a cremation by £35. The council has already made £77 million worth of savings over the past three years.
Cllr Mohammed Pervez, Leader of Stoke-on-Trent City Council, said some services will "simply have to go."