DRASTIC budget cuts at Barnsley Council will see standards fall across services - including litter picking, pothole repair, play equipment and public toilets.

The £750,000 cuts next year to environmental services could see 25 jobs lost, removal of children's play equipment from parks and the closure of all public toilets apart from those in the town centre.

They blame the proposals to close toilets at Penistone, Wombwell, Hoyland, Cudworth and Goldthorpe and urinals at Summer Lane and Worsbrough on the facilities being a source of regular complaints and cost a lot to keep open.

People also face paying six per cent more for cremations and burials as the council tries to claw back revenue. The council admitted this had 'sensitivity issues' but would result in extra income of £48,000.

The budget for repairing potholes will be slashed in half from £320,000 a year to £160,000 and reviewed after two years.

Overall, the council has to save an estimated £18.1million and more slashed services and heavier workloads for council staff are likely to result.

Council leader Sir Steve Houghton said the cuts were not over yet as the council would have to make further savings in 2015/2016.

"Next year is the fourth year of cuts and we have already taken £45million out of our budget. We have to protect the most vulnerable like children and elderly people so we have now had to look at front line services and people will start noticing that.

"We're asking Area Councils (the smaller group set up in districts) to see if they can pick up some of these services before the cuts come in on April 1. We don't want to make these cuts but we have been forced into it."