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Investigation into Sky Blues stadium row court documents

Documents have been released which raise questions about why Coventry City Council spent millions of pounds of taxpayers' money, taking on the mortgage debts of the city's Ricoh Arena.

The decision was taken last year, while ACL, the company which owns the stadium, was involved in a bitter row with Coventry City Football Club over rent.

New details about the process has led one group of Sky Blues supporters to set up a political party to stand in local elections, to try to question the council further. Darryl Murphy has been investigating.

Coventry City Council welcomes Pelka pair life sentence

Coventry City Council has welcomed today's sentencing of Magdelena Luczak and Mariusz Krezolek. The pair were jailed for life and must serve a minimum of 30 years for the murder of 4-year-old Daniel Pelka.

We welcome today’s sentence and would like to pay testament to all those responsible for achieving this outcome.

This has been a deeply distressing case and no one who has heard any of the evidence cannot have been affected by it.

With the end of the criminal case, work will continue to complete the Serious Case Review to consider what more could or should have been done to protect Daniel

We will aim to publish the final review within six weeks.

– Amy Weir, Independent Chair of Coventry’s Safeguarding Children’s Board

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Union worker says the job cuts are "disappointing"

Coventry City Council have warned that there could be 800 further job cuts and that it will be impossible to avoid this impacting on public services.

The City Council say it needs to find £26 million to balance its books next year, an increase from £14 million.

Emails were sent out to some City Council workers telling them their jobs are at risk. Richard Harty, UNISON says the news is "disappointing" after 700 people already having lost their jobs over two years to receive an email teling people there are more cuts to come.

Coventry City Council: "Job cuts will impact on public services"

Coventry City Council have warned that there could be 800 further job cuts and that it will be impossible to avoid this impacting on public services.

The City Council say it needs to find £26 million to balance its books next year, an increase from £14 million.

"It's clear that the scale and extent of government spending cuts to the public sector which was already unprecedented will need to be even bigger. It's very difficult for us to make detailed predictions at the moment, as the government won't give us any figures until just before Christmas.

"We're now looking at making some very painful decisions about our services and losing more posts at the Council than we originally anticipated."

– Coventry City Council's Deputy Leader, Cllr George Duggins

The City Council have made more than £30 million of savings over the past two years and still ensured frontline services were protected, however Cllr Duggins says with the latest budget gap this will no longer be the case:

"Over the past two years we have made more than £30million of savings through our abc programme of reviews of our services. These have helped us protect frontline services and continue to protect vulnerable residents. But this approach will no longer be enough to deal with a £28million budget gap projected for next year."

– Coventry City Council's Deputy Leader, Cllr George Duggins

The Council's pre-budget report will be discussed on the 11 December with final decisions including tax rates announced in February.

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