Blackburn with Darwen Council plans to cut 360 posts

Blackburn with Darwen Council is planning to cut 360 posts as part of its plans to make savings worth £31m.

The Labour-controlled authority said at least a quarter of services will be affected by the latest budget cuts to be made between 2015 and 2018.

The council has already axed 1,100 posts since 2010.

The plans will go before a full council meeting on Thursday. Council leader Kate Hollern said everything was being done to "minimise the damage".

'Impossible' to protect

The plans also include cuts to school bus fare subsidies, increasing fees at leisure centres as well as an increase in burial and cremation charges.

She said: "It's impossible to fully protect even the services we know are so needed.

"We are doing everything we can to minimise the damage by planning ahead and looking at every penny spent in every part of the council to decide if it's what citizens want and expect from us."

She said: "Special attention is being given to the service areas which we know people value and need such as looking after vulnerable children and adults, clean streets and road repairs."

Ms Hollern said a "fuller" three year plan will follow when the budget is set in March.

There are currently 2,700 staff working at the authority.

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