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Unions protest against cuts in Leicester

Hundreds of people joined a protest against council cuts in Leicester today. The local authority says it needs to save £150 million pounds due to what it calls 'savage' government cuts.

Unions say some of the most vulnerable in the city will be hardest hit by the cuts including children and the elderly. Leicester City Council say they are trying to protect frontline services but the cuts will inevitably have an impact. Rajiv Popat was at the protest and sent this report.

Cuts will 'damage' Wolverhampton - City councillor

Up to 2,000 workers at Wolverhampton City Council face losing their jobs because of budget cuts.

The council currently employs almost 6,000 people - meaning a third of its workforce is under threat. The money it gets from government has been halved from £284 million to £137 million a year.

To help raise money, council tax will go up by almost 2%.

Staff were told of the changes at a series of meetings today. They have also been told they will get less sick pay and there will be a freeze on pay rises. Drivers caught on camera using bus lanes will also be fined.

Councillor Roger Lawrence said the reduction in funding to local councils will 'damage' Wolverhampton.

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Job losses a "devastating blow" for Wolverhampton workers

The union for public sector workers GMB has spoken out about proposed cuts of up to 2,000 jobs at Wolverhampton City Council, calling it a "devastating blow" to workers.

Today's announcement of a jobs cull in Wolverhampton due to the cuts is a devastating blow to GMB members, who now face an uncertain future. Jobs and working hours are under threat.

Those who survive the jobs cull can expect a pay freeze, equating to a real terms pay cut, and an ever increasing work load. GMB officers and shop stewards will be meeting with the council to discuss these cuts in order to protect the interests of our members."

– Karen Leonard, GMB regional organiser

The council has announced up to 2,000 jobs could go because they need to save £120m over the next five years.

The Labour-controlled council said it was battling the most "challenging" financial circumstances in its history because of "massively reduced" grant funding from the Government.

Council cuts - should Council Tax be increased?

Over the next few weeks decision makers at councils across the Midlands will be making some of the biggest cuts in local spending history with services and jobs under threat.

The government are putting pressure on councils not to increase council tax but with so many services under pressure could it be the answer. This is what some of you said:

Some of your views on whether council tax should be increased.

Keep up to date with all the latest on cuts at your council on ITV Central News.

Derbyshire County Council announce council tax increase

Derbyshire County Council have met today, announcing an increase in council tax of nearly two percent.

Derbyshire County Council met earlier today to discuss how they could save £150million... Credit: ITV Central

In a bid to save over £150million over the next four years, Derbyshire's Councillor's say the increase of 1.99% is the biggest rise in tax they can make without triggering a referendum.

The council announced they would be increasing council tax by nearly two percent... Credit: ITV Central

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Nottingham Council forced to cut jobs

Nottingham City Council will be forced to cut more than 75 jobs under its budget proposals for next year. The council needs to make more than £25milliion in savings in the next financial year.

Nottingham Council House Credit: Adam Peck/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Many of the jobs will be lost through current vacancies that will not be filled but the council says it cannot rule out forced redundancies.

Notts County Council consult public over cuts

Nottinghamshire County Council says it needs to make £154 million in cuts over the next 3 years Credit: ITV News Central

People living in Nottinghamshire can have their say from Wednesday on the planned cuts by the county council.

It needs to save 154 million pounds over the next three years. Its plans to achieve that are now out to public consultation.

Around 800 jobs are being cut at the local authority as part of the cutbacks, as well as cuts to adult social care, budgets for libraries and leisure services and also young people.

Watch: 800 job cuts in £154m savings plan by Notts County Council

Christmas lights face council cuts in Derby - full report

by Chris Halpin

Three hundred and fifty more jobs are to go at Derby City Council as it has announced a further 9 million pounds in cutbacks.

The council set its budget in January but is having to cut further services because it's getting less from central government than it previously thought.

And now things like the city's Christmas lights and bin collections are under threat. Chris Halpin reports.

Warwickshire Council says there will be job losses

Warwickshire County Council has announced that in the next four years there will be job cuts, with a maximum of 627 positions being removed.

The Council also says compulsory redundancies are inevitable but it hopes this will be through natural wastage.

In the last three years, the Council has lost 1500-1600 staff. At present, the Council employs around 7500 people excluding schools.

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