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Next year will see 'deepest cuts' to Walsall budget

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.

Walsall Council leader Sean Coughlan has warned next year will see the 'deepest' cuts Credit: Walsall Labour party

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.

– Councillor Sean Coughlan, Walsall Council leader

What's under threat at Walsall Council?

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.

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Consultation over £86m of council cuts begins in Walsall

A public consultation over £86 million of budget cuts at Walsall Council will begin today.

Walsall Museum is under threat as part of the plans Credit: Google Maps

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.

Long-serving Midlands MP to stand down

Black Country MP Sir Richard Shepherd is to stand down Credit: Fiona Hanson/PA Archive/Press Association Images

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.

50-year-old woman from Nottingham goes missing

Police are searching for a missing 50-year-old woman from Nottingham.

Anyone who has seen Gloris or knows her whereabouts is asked to call 101. Credit: Nottinghamshire Police

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.

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Men sought over Walsall sex assault

Police are looking for three men after a woman was attacked in an alleyway, after a night out in Walsall. Credit: ITV News Central

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 hunt two men over car theft

Police have released images of two men they want to speak to about the theft of a car Credit: West Midlands Police

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.”

– PC Dan Richardson from Cheshire Police
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