Unison says it is "horrified" by the decision to axe 1,000 jobs at Birmingham City Council because of budget cuts.
This year alone Birmingham City Council will make in the region of £120m in cuts.
Mark New says central Government is to blame for the losses.
The Local Government Minister has defended criticism after Birmingham City Council leader Sir Albert Bore warned that if central Government continues to squeeze them - with cuts now in the region of 40% - it will have to stop delivering some local services from 2015/16.
Sir Albert Bore says a further 1,000 jobs will be axed at the council because of further budget cuts.
The leader of Birmingham City Council, Sir Albert Bore, has said some local services will be affected by budget cuts.
It was announced this morning that 1000 job will be cut from Birmingham City Council.
The council must make savings of £840m by 2018.
The leader of Birmingham City Council, Sir Albert Bore, has said the council is facing the 'jaws of doom'.
The council leader said: "This time last year I spoke to you about the ‘Jaws of Doom’ and the council having to find £615m from its annual budget by 2017. I am still talking about the ‘Jaws of Doom’ and they have widened significantly."
"Current forecasts are that the city council will need to have found £840m in the six years from 2010/11 to 2017/18 as a result of spending pressures and grant cuts – more than two thirds of the budget we have any choice over how to spend."
"This year alone, we will be making cuts in the region of £120m."
"But there is also some difficult news. We will have to lose a further 1000 members of staff this year, despite a third of our workforce having already left the city council since 2010/11."
"And there will have to be further, substantial cuts in staff from the current around 14,000 FTEs, as we move towards 2017/18."
In an effort to save £840m by 2018 Birmingham City Council has announced 1000 jobs will go.
The council will have made savings of more than £375m by the end of next March. The council says it is determined to protect essential services like Social Care, with an extra £10m set aside for safeguarding children.
The plans will now be open for consultation.
Birmingham City Council will announce its budget for the next financial year today. The council are required to save £102m and must also make a further £600m of cuts by 2017.
Coventry City Council have warned that there could be 800 further job cuts and that it will be impossible to avoid this impacting on public services.
The City Council say it needs to find £26 million to balance its books next year, an increase from £14 million.
The City Council have made more than £30 million of savings over the past two years and still ensured frontline services were protected, however Cllr Duggins says with the latest budget gap this will no longer be the case:
The Council's pre-budget report will be discussed on the 11 December with final decisions including tax rates announced in February.
Eric Wodke from Quorn says he hopes the chancellor will bring VAT back down to 17.5% and fule prices will be capped or reduced.
The chancellor George Osborne has started announcing details of this year's budget.