THE Council have released details of the proposed budget for the upcoming year.

Since 2010, the Council have saved £107 million including £5.8 million to be made during 2019-20.

The proposal includes a 40 per cent reduction in the number of jobs across the council, with 36 potential job losses during 2019-20.

There will be continued investments in building and facilitating Barnsley’s economy and and increased focus on early help in providing assistance and intervention when needed in the community.

The proposal also includes a potential council tax increase by 4.49 per cent. The increase is the council's component and doesn't include the contribution paid to the fire, police or parish councils.

The increase includes a 2.99 per cent increase to help fund general services such as bin collections and road maintenance and a 1.5 per cent increase ring-fenced for adult social care.

Coun Sir Stephen Houghton said: “Despite the considerable financial pressures we’re under, it’s positive news that our proposals present a balanced budget for 2019-20.

We’ve made tremendous progress over the last two years on our journey to improve, grow and change to become a modern sustainable future council and we’ve plans in place to maintain this momentum.

One of the hardest decisions we have to make is the decision to raise council tax because we fully appreciate the impact that this has on our residents.

“We haven’t taken this decision lightly and we’ve explored a number of options to keep council tax levels as low as possible. It’s important to emphasise that the funding we raise from council tax helps us to provide you with vital services but only contributes an element of the overall funding we need in order to deliver these services across the borough.”