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Government responds to latest Birmingham City Council cuts

In response to the 900 jobs losses and cuts of £110million to Birmingham City Council's budget for 2013/2014, the Department for Communities and Local Government has issued the following statement.

"Next year's funding for councils will be announced shortly. Councils still account for a quarter of all public spending - £114bn of taxpayers money - so they must help act to reduce the inherited deficit.

"This year, while Birmingham pleads poverty, it is hoarding £112 million in reserves, getting almost £400 more per household than the national average to protect frontline services, been given a £1.5bn city deal, £22m Growing Places Funding, an Enterprise Zone and £7.5 million in New Homes Bonuses.

"The Chancellor has exempted councils from the reductions Government must make in 2013-14. This will give councils like Birmingham time to find sensible savings by transforming frontline service delivery as well as reducing fraud, procuring better and sharing back offices. In addition taking up the Government's third council tax freeze fund offer is potentially worth over £200 to their Band D residents."

– Local Government Minister Brandon Lewis

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Birmingham City Council slashes millions from budget with hundreds of redundancies ahead

by Chris Halpin

The leader of Birmingham City Council has described the latest round of government cuts to its budget as "the end of the local authority as we know it".

Sir Albert Bore today confirmed that hundreds more people are losing their jobs, to help save hundreds of millions of pounds over the next four years. Chris Halpin reports.

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