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More detail from the FBU on claims of fire service cuts

The Fire Brigades Union is claiming job cuts will be made in Coventry and Birmingham.

It says 18 posts will be made redundant in Coventry, with two traditional fire engines being taken off the road and replaced by one smaller vehicle.

A further 16 firefighters will lose their jobs at stations in Birmingham, with another two fire engines decommissioned, also to be replaced with smaller fire vehicles.

A statement from West Midlands Fire Service is expected at some time this morning.


Details of which Ambulance stations are up for sale

West Midlands Ambulance Service has put the following Ambulance stations up for sale across the region as part of restructuring plans to the way it provides emergency care.

  • Chelmsley Wood ambulance station, Birmingham - guide price £380,000
  • Hobmoor Road ambulance station, Small Heath, Birmingham - guide price £375,000
  • Monyhull ambulance station, Kings Heath, Birmingham B30 3QJ – guide price £330,000
  • Solihull ambulance station - guide price £450,000
  • Sutton Coldfield ambulance station - guide price £350,000.
  • Craven Arms ambulance station, Shropshire - guide price £200,000.
  • Dordon ambulance station, Warwickshire - guide price £475,000

West Midlands Ambulance announce station sell-offs

West Midlands Ambulance service picture from Facebook Credit: West Midlands Ambulance Service

West Midlands Ambulance service have announced which stations it plans to sell-off in a re-organistion of how it operates across the region.

Instead larger 'hubs' are being built in the West Midlands, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Warwickshire, Herefordshire.

The service says vehicles will be prepared at the hubs, ready for when crews start their shifts.

It claims this will cut down on ambulance crews spending time cleaning or restocking the vehicles, giving them more time to respond to medcial emergencies.

Invest in young people says Birmingham youth worker

Members of 30 youth clubs from across Birmingham gathered in the city centre today to protest at cuts to their budgets.

They placed shoes in Chamberlain Square to 'symbolise teenagers who will be left out on the streets' if their youth clubs close down.

The council blames central government for the reductions; campaigners say they won't be saving much.

Russell Green, a youth worker in Birmingham, thinks the council should be investing in young people.

Rally in Birmingham over cuts to youth services

Young people from Birmingham will unite today, is a protest against cuts to clubs and youth projects in the city.

Representatives from 30 clubs from across Birmingham will meet at Chamberlain Square in the city centre, where the 'Walk in Our Shoes’ rally will begin.

Part of the Birmingham Youth Service funding crisis has being caused by the withdrawal of £1m funding by the Birmingham Schools Forum.

Two Years ago I was proud to fight with Birmingham Youth Workers and Young People to stop closures by a Conservative led Council of youth facilities all over the city. Two years later we have the biggest cut in Local Government history of £310m by a Conservative led Government.

To add insult to injury Birmingham is being cheated out of its fair share by a Government that looks after the Tory Southern Shires. If Birmingham was treated fairly the city would have £79m more to spend and not one youth club would face closure.

– Jack Dromey, Member of Parliament for Birmingham Erdington and Shadow Minister for Housing

Birmingham City Council is committed to funding Birmingham Youth Service and I have been working hard with colleagues to identify funding. However Birmingham is £79m short in its grant from government and this is the money we need to fund crucial services like the Birmingham Youth Service.

– Councillor Ian Ward, Deputy Leader of Birmingham City Council


Complaints over effects of budget cuts

Nottingham Council House, Old Market Square Nottingham Credit: ITV Central

Council leaders in the Midlands have written to the Local Government Secretary to complain about the effects of budget cuts.

They say deprived areas of Nottingham and Birmingham are suffering the most, and Eric Pickles' plans for more spending reductions will lead to a financial crisis where front-line services can't be protected.

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