Warwickshire County Council will make up to 627 workers redundant as part of plans to slash £92m off its £350m budget in the next four years.
The money is on top of £70m-worth of savings already found at Shire Hall due to decreased government grants, which led to the closures of several youth clubs, a care home and libraries in and around Rugby. Some 1,500 people have already lost their jobs at the council over the past two years.
The county council is responsible for many services, including social care, roads, schools, libraries and museums, bus services and the fire service, which could now be merged with Hereford and Worcester’s.
Speaking at a media briefing on Friday, council leader Izzi Seccombe said: “We have already been through a big savings programme. What we are not looking to do is to tsunami cull all our areas. We need to protect the services that are particularly valued by the people of Warwickshire.”
Cllr Seccombe said plans will include working to improve the integration between council services, such as public health and social care, while also “commissioning out” care to reduced costs.
Cllr Jerry Roodhouse, Warwickshire Lib Dem leader, said he was concerned that up-coming tendering processes for children’s centres and possibly the Integrated Disability budget may have to be reconfigured over the next two or three years if current agreed amounts weren’t ring-fenced.
The council had estimated that it would have to make £90m cuts after Chancellor George Osborne announced the Comprehensive Spending Review in June, but the actual figure was not known until last week.