Lancashire County Council has revealed plans for £375m of cuts including £223m of new savings within five years.
A report for the council’s cabinet has said it will need to save an additional £223m by April 2020 to tackle reduced government funding and a rising demand for services.
The savings come on top of the £152m savings announced in the three year budget plan agreed in February this year.
The additional savings mean that between 2011 and 2020 the council will have to have delivered savings of £685m.
County Councillor Jennifer Mein, Leader of Lancashire County Council, said: “These are the most challenging times for local government in living memory as we face the combination of severe central government cuts and rising demand for our services, particularly those serving vulnerable people.”
Coun Mein added that although good progress had been made with the current three-year plan, there were still significant savings to be identified in the period and in other areas.
The new government would also, she said, be making further substantial cuts to council budgets over the coming years.
She said: “This continues at a time when, as the population ages, demand on many services will increase so that we’d be facing financial pressures even if the budget wasn’t being reduced at all.
“The scale of the challenge means that we are having to make ever more difficult decisions.
“We will do all that we can, but there is no doubt that the services we provide to our communities will have to be reduced in this period and people will notice the difference.”
Offering reassurance that the council’s priority would remain to protect the most vulnerable people in communities across Lancashire, she revealed that a total of 2500 jobs, 1,100 more than the 1,400 originally predicted, would have to go by April 2018.
She said: “Regrettably I’m also no longer confident we can reduce our workforce as much as we need to on a purely voluntary basis.”
The report added however that it was hoped that the bulk of the job reductions could be made on a voluntary basis and that the employees would be invited to continue to apply for voluntary redundancy.
The council’s cabinet is expected to make a decision regarding the cuts by February 2016.