Leader Mike Wilcox admitted to LichfieldLive that the council faced “tough decisions” as a result of funding cuts from central government.
“Next year alone we need to save more than £1.7 million and we are facing significant cuts in future years,” he said. “We have assessed local people’s views as well as ideas from across the whole council, to come up with a package of proposed measures worth around £1million.
“Under the proposals, many of our community and partnerships services will be stopped, but we’ll continue to offer support in areas such as community safety, safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults, equalities, work clubs and our grant aid programme.
“With the scale of savings, it is inevitable some jobs will be affected. Our aim is to try to minimise the number of compulsory redundancies, but we know we will not be able to avoid them.
“From the changes identified so far, about 20 posts will be directly affected and this will regrettably lead to redundancies. We have informed these employees about the proposed changes and they are being provided with full support.
“While we have found considerable savings so far, we will continue to review our services over the coming months to ensure that they are delivered in the most cost effective way for our customers and within the resources we will have available.”
Even if the council press ahead with the recommendations in the first phase of Fit for the Future, the pain of cuts is likely to continue, with around £8.6million of savings already identified between now and 2019/20.