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BIRMINGHAM TOLD BY ADVISERS TO SHIFT SPENDING PRIORITIES

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Birmingham city council has been told by its own advisers to shift its spending priorities from the provision of in...
Birmingham city council has been told by its own advisers to shift its spending priorities from the provision of international facilities to a crash programme on improving education, the Financial Times reports (p8).

The paper says that the Birmingham Education Commission, set up by the council to advise it on its future education needs said that while the city could be proud of its international facilities its school buildings bring the city into shame.

The commission is suggesting that the city should spend £300 million more than its standard spending assessment figure over the next five years. Council leader Theresa Stewart is reported as welcoming the report and promising school repairs would be a priority in the budget process.
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