Cuts forcing a council to axe services
A LEADING council warned that it will have to “decommission” a number of its services to make huge spending cuts because of a multimillion-pound reduction in its Government grant.
Birmingham City Council said its grant is to be slashed by £52million next year, although the situation could be even worse.
The authority, which is controlled by Labour, accused the coalition of introducing “significant levels of uncertainty and instability” at a late stage in its planning cycle.
The authority said its grant from central Government will be cut by £332 million over six years, but it will have to make savings of over £600 million.
In a statement they said they will need to fund increases due to inflation, the changing population needs and financing costs.