Disabled children, vulnerable adults and hundreds of council employees will all bear the brunt of Kirklees cuts over the coming years.

Kirklees has suffered roughly 40% cuts to its spending power and leaders were shocked when further huge cuts to its allocation were announced in December – just weeks before crucial spending decisions had to be made.

The borough will receive about £50m less per year from the government and finance chiefs have calculated they are about £84m short of money over the four-year period.

Overall funding will shrink from £265m a year to £221m by 2019/20.

Reserves have already been used to fill a £12m gap in this year’s budget and a further £15.7m of reserves will be used in 2016/17 to balance the books.

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But council number crunchers say they are £16m short for 2017/18 and about £30m out the year after. A £38m funding black hole will appear in 2019/20 unless further cuts are made.

The minority Labour administration said cuts of almost £31m will be imposed in the upcoming financial year.

A £6m budget to stop vulnerable people becoming homeless looks set to be cut in half.

More than £1m will go from the Streetscene budget which deals with anti-social behaviour, littering, dangerous dogs and patrolling parks.

The £1m museums budget is set to be slashed by 50%. It is thought Tolson Museum needs more than £4m of repairs which will have to be ignored.

Tolson Museum, Ravensknowle, Huddersfield.
Tolson Museum, Ravensknowle, Huddersfield.

The council has said it is likely to close some of the museums.

About £1.2m of the council’s grant to Kirklees Active Leisure is also set to disappear – threatening jobs and services at the borough’s leisure centres.

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£700,000 is to be lopped off the £3m parks and open spaces budget.

£1.8m in cuts to the library service have already been agreed.

The Children’s Music Service which could lose £296,000 of its £319,000 budget.

A service to offer short breaks to disabled children will be scrapped after its £584,000 budget was axed.

Subsidies for some nurseries and schools will be totally removed over the next two years saving £231,000.

Six figure sums will also be sliced from care services for the disabled and elderly .

Public Health services will also be scaled back after the government decided to “claw back” £1.6m of money it had promised.

Cuts of about £800,000 have been earmarked for the waste collection and street cleaning service.