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Birmingham Faces Further £78million cuts

Thursday, December 8, 2016

 

Union outcry as largest authority in Europe set to be £770million poorer as homeless die in street due to lack of housing.

Hard up Birmingham Council today faces ANOTHER £78million being slashed off its budget – as homeless people die in the street due to lack of housing.[1]

Staff numbers in Europe’s largest authority are already at crisis point – predicted to drop from 21,000 in 2010 to just 7,000 by 2020.

The council has already chopped £590million from the budget during the past six years.

Now the council have to find a further £78million pounds in savings over the next two years to appease the Tory austerity agenda.

This will mean that already one of the hardest hit authorities will be forced to its knees in trying to find enough money to run vital services.

Whilst the city council have been working towards minimising the impact these cuts will make to the citizens of Birmingham, there are going to have be drastic changes.

GMB is rightly concerned about the level of cuts and does not believe the Tories should be forcing them on a huge authority with some of the most impoverished people in the country.

Gil Ogilvie, GMB Regional Organiser, said:

“These cruel and unnecessary cuts will push our great city to breaking point - all in the name of a savage ideology which has been proven not to work.

“We have seen announcements this week where the public services of this country cannot cope with the demand being placed onto them.

“The NHS not able to provide beds for those in need, millions are living in poverty [2].

“In Birmingham homeless people dying on the streets due to the extreme cold weather and lack of social housing. [3]

“All of these are a result of the government cuts.

“Yet the government announced last week that it was able to find enough money to help subsidise the royal family and provide £397 million to help with the cost of running Buckingham Palace. [3]

“GMB cannot stand by and watch our members lose their jobs while the people of Birmingham suffer.”

ENDS

Notes to editors

Contact: Gil Ogilvie on 07850768351 or at gil.ogilvie@gmb.org.uk

[1] https://www.birmingham.gov.uk/news/article/44/brumbudget17_have_your_say

[2] http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/british-workers-living-in-poverty-at-a-record-high-a7458981.html

[3] http://www.birminghammail.co.uk/news/midlands-news/updates-huge-reaction-homeless-man-12256326

[4] http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-38025513

 

 

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