Blackburn Council cuts 500 jobs to save £13m

Blackburn and Darwen Council has approved a plan to 500 jobs over the next three years, in a bid to generate £13 million in savings.

As part of the effort to reduce costs, the Council Forum has also agreed to end weekly bin collection, and introduce charges for green waste and weekend parking. From 1 October, weekly collection of general waste will take place fortnightly and an annual £25 charge will be introduced for green waste.

Councillor Andy Kay, executive member for resources, at Blackburn and Darwen Council maintained that the changes were the only way to ‘reduce the financial demands on the council.’

In total the council will have slashed £140 million from its budget and will also have cut 1,100 jobs between 2010 and 2019.

Currently there are 2,7000 staff employed by the local authority.

Kay said: “We have had to cut our only real asset - that is our employees. This is not good news for the council services or for the local economy.”