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Council savings of 7.6m planned

Proposed savings of £7.6m at Wolverhampton City Council are to go before the cabinet.

Council leader Neville Patten said the authority has "far too many staff" and has to become leaner, fitter and "ready for the challenges" which lie ahead.

The latest round of savings are to go before the cabinet this week.

The union Unison said local authorities have plans to cut "what they see is the easiest part of their budget, which is staffing".

'Maintain services'

Mr Patten said: "We are aiming very much at the backroom people of the council, not the frontline staff as such, but the backroom people who we know here we have far too many of.

"We want to maintain the services we give out to the people the best we can.

"If we really reduce the council overnight, it would affect those services, so we're doing it gradually."

Roger McKenzie, of Unison, said plans by authorities to cut staffing was a "real cop out".

He said: "They could be looking at this much more creatively and actually looking at really 'do they want to provide public services or not?'"

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