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.
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.
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.
A public consultation over £86 million of budget cuts at Walsall Council will begin today.
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.
Max, the Yorkshire terrier from Walsall, clearly fancies his chances on the X Factor!
His owner first realised his dogs 'potential' when he started to play a harmonica and Max began singing along (or howling in disgust but we like to think its the first one!)
One of the West Midlands’ longest-serving MPs is to stand down after 35 years in Parliament.
Black Country MP Sir Richard Shepherd has written to the chairman of his constituency party to say he will not stand again at next year’s general election.
The Tory, who has represented Aldridge-Brownhills since 1979, is 71. He was knighted in 2003.
Police are searching for a missing 50-year-old woman from Nottingham.
Gloris Smith disappeared at 2pm yesterday, and officers are growing increasingly concerned for her welfare.
They believe the Nuthall resident may be in the Worksop area.
She is described as black, about 5ft 4ins tall, of slim build, with black hair.
TRAFFIC ALERT - Barnes Lane junction with Stubbers Green Road in Rushall, Walsall has been CLOSED due to fallen tree. Avoid if possible.
very lucky man escaped 30m tree on lorry in today's storm Barnes lane Aldridge still closed with E4 green making safe http://t.co/kJG33qUO7N
TRAFFIC ALERT - Ansty Road and Melowdew Road, Coventry both closed due to fallen tree. Avoid area if possible. Police on scene.
Councils in the Black Country have joined forces with West Midlands Police in an unprecedented bid to ban boy racers.
Wolverhampton, Dudley, Walsall and Sandwell councils have submitted an application to the High Court in Birmingham with support from officers in the region, in the hope of introducing a blanket ban against so-called car cruising.
Police say car cruising, when people meet up to race or show off their cars' speed or handling on the roads, has claimed at least four lives on Black Country roads in recent years, and caused many more crashes.
Regular meets, held at hotspots like the Black Country Route in Bilston, Wolverhampton, and the Birmingham New Road from Dudley to Wolverhampton, can attract hundreds of cars and even more spectators each time.
Police are looking for three men after a woman was attacked in an alleyway, after a night out in Walsall.
The 20-year-old was walking along Springhill Road at around 3am on Sunday 14th September.
Three men pulled her into a passageway near the Shell petrol station and attacked her, but she managed to escape unhurt.
The offenders are believed to be two Asian men and a white man, all in their 20s and of medium build.
Police have released images of two men they want to speak to about the theft of a car.
A white Vauxhall Insignia was stolen during a burglary at an address in Runcorn, Cheshire between 10am and 3.30pm on August 25.
The car was found two days later on Victoria Street in Willenhall, Walsall.
"We’d like to hear from anyone who recognises them from the images provided or who may have seen anyone acting suspiciously in the area at the time.”