City leaders have revealed more than 1,300 jobs will be lost at Newcastle City Council as they make cuts totalling more than £90m.
The local authority unveiled its three-year budget proposal that will see libraries axed, swimming pools closed and weekly bin collections culled.
A restructure will see redundancies made across the entire council with around 750 jobs lost by April next year.
While 10 of the city’s 18 libraries will be shut, the council said they would continue a council tax freeze for hard-pressed families.
Council officials claim that rising cost pressures, funding cuts from the Government and greater demand for services mean they will have to plug a £90m black hole. The council will have to make £38m cuts in next year alone.
Labour leader of Newcastle City Council Cllr Nick Forbes, said: “This is one of the darkest days for public service in Newcastle. Cutting services is not what I went into politics to do.“
“The cut in Government grant is grossly unfair - at a time when more and more families are turning to us for help.
“Financially, this has put us in an impossible position from which there is no escape.
“We will not abandon the residents of this city, but as we cease to provide some services they will have to do more for themselves and expect less from the council.”
Fortnightly bin collections will be introduced bringing the service on Tyneside in line with neighbouring local authorities in Gateshead and Northumberland.
But it is planned to freeze council tax and set-up a new unit to tackle anti-social behaviour and environmental crime.
More than £3m was also being set aside for flood prevention and repairs.