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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"Our number one son, brother, grandson, nephew, cousin and friend…taken in such a callous, inhumane way. What a cruel world we live in."
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