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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.

Heated Commons debate over Birmingham City Council cuts

A heated debate in the commons took place today when Communities Secretary Eric Pickles criticised Birmingham City Council for increasing costs of around £10 million per year.

John Hemming MP for Birmingham Yardley raised the question if it was fair that council tax payers should pay an increase of 24% as he said some Birmingham City Council staff will be receiving a 70% wage increase.

Eric Pickles called the increase "an outrage".