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BIRMINGHAM LAUNCHES COUNTER-ATTACK ON FACILITIES OVERSPEND

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Birmingham City Council has defended its international facilities in the face of recent government criticism by arg...
Birmingham City Council has defended its international facilities in the face of recent government criticism by arguing that the developments support 16,800 jobs in the West Midlands, reports the Financial Times (p13).

A summary of a report by accountants, KPMG Peat Marwich, on the local and economic impact of the National Exhibition Centre, the International Convention Centre and the National Indoor Arena, shows that the facilities attracted £4.5m visitors in August, at least 66% from outside the West Midlands.

Advisors appointed for the council have called for a switch of priorities to the improvement of education standards in the city, reports the paper.
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