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Birmingham City Council plans £62m of budget cuts

Cuts of almost £62m have been announced by Birmingham City Council for its 2012-13 budget.

Almost £30m of the savings will come from the adults and communities budget, and £22.5m from the children, young people and families budget, it said.

More than 1,100 posts may go as part of the cuts but the council said it hopes most people will be redeployed.

The council carried out a three month consultation to find out where the public wanted the savings to be made.

Ravi Subramanian, from the union Unison, said: "This will have a big impact on vulnerable people in our community and be devastating to our local economy."

Referring to the consultation, deputy leader Paul Tilsley said: "We have sought to identify the things that people value the most."

The council have said that council tax will be frozen for a second year, as will rents.

Councillor Mike Whitby, the leader of Birmingham City Council, said: "For all Birmingham people this will mean, effectively, more money in their pockets to spend on their priorities."

The total budget for Birmingham City Council, which is run by a Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition, is £3.5bn.

The planned cuts will be discussed by the council at a meeting on 28 February.

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