Union officials have described the planned closure of the factory in Burton-on-Trent as a "crushing blow".Read the full story ›
GMB, the union for water workers, is calling on Severn Trent water to be investigated following claims that 500 job cuts have led to leakages and depleted stocks.
They estimate water usage went up by 20% in the last year and claim that job losses and the introduction of a number of cost saving initiatives are behind a 'failure' to control leakages.
But Severn Trent Water, whose headquarters are in Coventry, says job losses have not affected the number of front-line staff and add that teams aim to fix leaks within 24 hours.
The restructuring of the business earlier this year didn't reduce the number of front line staff and so far this year we've had more gangs than ever working to find and fix leaks across the region. Over the last five years we've seen a ten per cent decrease in our leakage levels and our focus going forwards is to bring that level down even further and to fix as many leaks as possible within 24 hours.
"Leakage is one of a number of performance measures we report on an annual basis to OFWAT and our performance is published on our website. Prior to publication our leakage performance is subjected to rigorous assurance processes performed by a recognised external body.""Overall our water resources are in a healthy position for this time of year and we don't anticipate any supply problems over the winter."
In response to the 900 jobs losses and cuts of £110million to Birmingham City Council's budget for 2013/2014, the Department for Communities and Local Government has issued the following statement.
"Next year's funding for councils will be announced shortly. Councils still account for a quarter of all public spending - £114bn of taxpayers money - so they must help act to reduce the inherited deficit.
"This year, while Birmingham pleads poverty, it is hoarding £112 million in reserves, getting almost £400 more per household than the national average to protect frontline services, been given a £1.5bn city deal, £22m Growing Places Funding, an Enterprise Zone and £7.5 million in New Homes Bonuses.
"The Chancellor has exempted councils from the reductions Government must make in 2013-14. This will give councils like Birmingham time to find sensible savings by transforming frontline service delivery as well as reducing fraud, procuring better and sharing back offices. In addition taking up the Government's third council tax freeze fund offer is potentially worth over £200 to their Band D residents."
Birmingham City Council has announced it needs to make a further 900 job cuts and slash £110 million from its budget in 2013.Read the full story ›
The leader of Birmingham City Council has described the latest round of government cuts to its budget as "the end of the local authority as we know it".
Sir Albert Bore today confirmed that hundreds more people are losing their jobs, to help save hundreds of millions of pounds over the next four years. Chris Halpin reports.
Tony Rabaiotti from Unison has told ITV Central that Birmingham City Council faces a very difficult new year following the announcement that 900 jobs will be slashed because the council needs to save £110 million next year.
Following the announcement that 900 jobs are to be cut by Birmingham City Council, the leader, Sir Albert Bore, has said that council workers will be informed of job losses later today.
The council needs to save £110 million next year and all services are expected to be cut.
The leader of Birmingham City Council, Sir Albert Bore, has told ITV Central that all services provided by the council will be affected in one way or another.
This comes as 900 jobs are to be cut by the council as part of a £110 million saving plan.
Birmingham City Council have announced 900 jobs are to be cut as part of the £110 million savings planned for next year.
The latest savings target is in addition to the £275 million already saved over the last two years.