Many more councils are set to follow Kirklees and axe jobs.
More than 25,000 jobs are under threat because of cuts to council spending across the country, new research has revealed.
Local authorities in many areas are proposing job losses, ranging from tens to thousands.
Kirklees has warned that up to 1,000 jobs could go over the next four years as it battle to deal with swingeing cuts in funding.
In December the council was told it would be getting £50m less per year from the government over the period – far worse than expected.
Council leader Clr David Sheard said the council had already shed 1,400 jobs since 2010 and by 2020 it would be the smallest it has ever been.
“We’ve got to deal with the money we’ve got, not the money we’d like to have,” said Clr Sheard.
“We’ve got to make the money we’ve got deliver as much as possible.
“The only way we see of doing that is by growth and by changing the way people do things.”
The GMB union, which compiled the data, said it was now involved in daily meetings with councils in a bid to scale back the cuts and loss of services.
National officer Justin Bowden said: “Councils are now making cuts to services they offer the general public like bin collections every three weeks or ending cleaning gulleys, as well as severe cuts to services for the elderly and for children.
“Regular home helps and hot meals on wheels are from a bygone era. So much for David Cameron’s claim that front-line services would not be cut.”
A Department for Communities and Local Government spokesman said: “This Government is providing a long-term funding settlement for the first time allowing local authorities to plan with certainty. Councils will have almost £200 billion to spend on local services, including a £3.5 billion social care package, over the lifetime of this parliament.”
Proposed job losses which the GMB said it is dealing with, amount to over 25,000, including:
3,000 Glasgow City Council
2,000 Edinburgh City Council
1,800 Cumbria Council
1,200 Birmingham City Council
1,000 Coventry City Council
1,000 Kirklees Council
1,000 North Lanarkshire Council
640 Bradford Council
500 Rotherham Council