The Express and Star report:
Wolverhampton City Council is preparing to axe 1,000 of its own workers as it tries to cut £98m from its budget.
Ruling Labour councillors have blamed the cuts on the coalition government for slashing their funding. But Conservatives say the authority should do more to use its own staff rather than bringing in costly outside help.
The total figure for agency workers and consultants over 22 weeks since April was revealed in a response to a request made under the Freedom of Information Act.