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BIRMINGHAM FACES£43M BUDGET CUTS

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Birmingham City Council leader Theresa Stewart said that she could not rule out cuts to education and social servic...
Birmingham City Council leader Theresa Stewart said that she could not rule out cuts to education and social services or compulsory redundancies in budget cuts of up to £43m.

The Birmingham Post (p1) reports that forecasts suggest government funding to the city will increase by between 0.5 and 2.5 per cent.

Birmingham City Council finance director Roger Burton said in a report to councillors that this could mean the city facing a shortfall of between £24m and £43m in 1997/8.

Mr Burton said that the council faced a 'difficult time', with potentially hundreds of job losses.
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