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Birmingham City Council passes 'largest' budget cut

Protesters
The protesters spread out across several entrances and exits to the Council House

Up to 1,000 jobs are likely to be cut by Birmingham City Council over two years after its £102m savings plan was approved.

Councillors passed the budget at a meeting which was interrupted by hecklers.

The cuts include £1m at children's centres and about £2m savings from waste collection changes.

The council's Labour leader Sir Albert Bore said they would be the largest made by any local authority.

Sir Albert opened the meeting by saying the council faced "the largest cuts in local government funding any British government has attempted in the modern era.

"Of course we knew when Labour took office last year that there were tough times ahead. But the situation is in fact much worse than we first thought."

The authority, which serves one million people and is also said to be Europe's largest local authority, has to save a total of £615m by 2017.

Ahead of the meeting ,Godfrey Webster, of Birmingham Against The Cuts, said: "If these proposed cuts go ahead it will be devastating for Birmingham.

"It will mean adult services cut, children's homes closed and lots of other things we can't afford to lose."

Some protesters attempted to block car park entrances before the debate started and during the meeting.

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