More jobs are expected to be lost at Bexley Council as the administration seeks to claw back £40million by 2019.

Bexley’s new cabinet will discuss the financial challenges the council is facing at its first public meeting on Tuesday evening.

The cabinet will considered a report on plans to achieve the savings needed from next April, which included a public engagement exercise over the summer and detailed consultation in the autumn.

Council leader Teresa O’Neill said: "Although we have saved £61 million over the past eight years, we will need to reduce our spending over the next four years.

"This will mean the loss of more jobs at the council and tough decisions about priorities."

Deputy council leader Gareth Bacon added: "There will be two opportunities for local people to have their say on our budget plans for 2015/16 and beyond.

"During the summer, people will be able to tell us the broad service areas where they feel spending should be reduced or protected. During the autumn, we will consult on more specific proposals."

The first consultation will start on Monday, July 21 and run until Friday, September 12.