Back-office and administrative costs will be cut by more than £12m at Wirral Council in a bid to meet savings targets.
About £2m savings will be found through better procurement, while £500,000 is expected to be saved from an ICT review.
Jeff Green, leader of Wirral Council, said, "By cutting back-office and admin spending; by supporting the staff who have volunteered to leave and by having a proper, grown-up debate with people across Wirral, we have balanced the books and are eradicating the deficit."
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A spokesman from the Department for Communities and Local Government said that while it would encourage local governments to make cuts in back-office functions rather than to front-line services, decisions on how to meet the savings targets would be left to individual councils.