BARNSLEY Council will have lost half its workforce in five years once a further 430 jobs go under the latest raft of budget cuts in April.

Proposals to save £10.5 million from its annual budget were outlined in October. They will go to a special budget meeting for a decision in the coming weeks.

Council leader Sir Steve Houghton said hundreds more jobs are to go as the local authority reins in the purse strings on every department in order to make the savings.

He added: "It's led to more than 430 job losses of which around, we think, 190 will be compulsory redundancies.

"That will take the overall workforce from 5,400 to 2,800 in a five-year period since the cuts started - that's almost half the work force."

The severity of the cuts will soon impact on services across all areas, from children's services, council tax benefit, welfare rights, financial services and human resources.