Newcastle council’s budget for the new financial year has today been unveiled.

Funding for the Loft Youth Venue and professional lifeguards has been scrapped, with council hoping to rely on charities and volunteers to support both services.

In order to minimise future debt, 90 staff cuts have also been made.

Lord Mayor, Jeff McCloy says these measures were taken to help bring the deficit back to surplus.

“It’s just good business sense to do so… Generally a 90 people reduction, in a staff of about 1,200 was unfortunately necessary.”

The new budget is aiming to bring the deficit back into surplus within the next two years.