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Dudley Council jobs at risk under next budget proposals

A further 200 council jobs could go in the West Midlands in the next financial year under budget proposals to be discussed by Dudley Council.

The authority needs to make savings of £8m in 2012-13 as part of a three-year plan to save a total of £35m.

The council is to shed 800 jobs over the period and has already lost 471 posts, 56 of them compulsory.

Leader of the Conservative-led council, Les Jones, said any more compulsory redundancies will "be a last resort".

"We will continue to reduce staffing numbers where necessary through a mixture of freezing vacant posts, redeployment into alternative jobs, job sharing, retirements and voluntary redundancies," he said.

"Whilst the majority of the savings have now been found we are not yet out of the woods and, due to the national and international economic climate, we still have £12m of savings to find over the next two years."

The council, which is due to meet on Thursday, said it was on target to meet the £22m target for cuts in the first 12 months.

There were protests at a council meeting in March when the budget for this year was given approval, with police called when protesters refused to stop chanting.

A speech from a member of the Labour opposition was greeted with cheers and a flurry of paper planes were flung from the balcony over the council chamber.

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