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Huge cuts to Birmingham city budget approved

Birmingham City Council has announced that its new budget has been approved, despite protesters gathering outside the Council House in Birmingham today to protest against public spending cuts.

At the meeting, £100million worth of cuts to welfare and public services were discussed. Two Liberal Democrats and one Conservative councillors put forward amendments, all of which were rejected.

The meeting was disrupted for 10 minutes when protestors made their way into the Council House.

Cuts will come into force in April 2013.

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Protesters outside Council House in Birmingham

Protesters have gathered outside the Council House in Birmingham to protest against the public spending cuts being pushed through today at the Council's anual budget meeting.

Over 100 people are expected to attend to 'blockade' the entrances to the building.

At the meeting today, £625m worth of cuts to welfare and public services are expected to be pushed through. Those cuts will then be rolled out by 2016/2017.

There will also be a protest and rally at 5pm.

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