Cuts forc­ing a coun­cil to axe ser­vices

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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.

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