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Hundreds protest against Birmingham budget cuts

Protest outside Birmingham Council House Credit: ITV News Central

Hundreds of people are protesting against budget cuts proposed by Birmingham City Council in the city centre today (14 February) as the plans are taken to Cabinet.

The council had originally planned on slashing £10 million from its 2017/2018 budget, but after a consultation and protests, this figure was reduced down to £5 million.

The protesters, made up of community groups and charities are concerned at the continued threat of proposed cuts to supported housing and related services.

Protest outside Birmingham Council House Credit: ITV News Central

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UK dual nationals 'exempt' from travel ban

UK residents with dual nationality are "apparantly exempt" from President Trump's US travel ban, provided they are not travelling from one of the seven banned countries.

ITV News Political Correspondent Libby Wiener reports:

The Foreign and Commonwealth office confirmed:

  • The Presidential executive order only applies to individuals travelling from one of the seven named countries.
  • If you are travelling to the US from anywhere other than one of those countries (for instance, the UK) the executive order does not apply to you and you will experience no extra checks regardless of your nationality or your place of birth.
  • If you are a UK national who happens to be travelling from one of those countries to the US, then the order does not apply to you – even if you were born in one of those countries.
  • If you are a dual citizen of one of those countries travelling to the US from OUTSIDE those countries then the order does not apply to you.
  • The only dual nationals who might have extra checks are those coming from one of the seven countries themselves – for example a UK-Libya dual national coming from Libya to the US.
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