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Massive cuts at Birmingham City Council

Posted on 23 October 2012 by editor

Birmingham City Council has reported that it must make savings of £600m by 2017, with 1100 jobs in jeopardy and services left in tatters as decommissioning was imminent. This is £200m more than previously thought when the government introduced spending cuts.

The coalition government responded by saying, Birmingham City Council has got £2,576 to spend on every household – more than the average in England of £2,186.

Council leader Sir Albert Bore said that the governments cuts to grants are to blame for the financial situation, which does not take into account population changes and inflation. Birmingham City Council wanted to raise council tax by 1.6%, but the government banned them from doing so. As a result this is the end of the council as we know it.

Councils are encouraged to be inventive and find new ways to work with partners like public agencies, schools and the business community to find different ways to do this.

The council has been know to employ over 19,000 individuals, but this figure is likely to reduce to approx 15,000 by the end of the cuts. The extent of the cuts and just how many jobs would have to be axed will not be known until mid November, but senior posts are at most risk.

Ravi Subramanian, Unison’s regional secretary for the West Midlands, said: “We want the council to stand up for Birmingham and take a strong message to Eric Pickles to say we need more money to keep our city services running.”

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