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BIRMINGHAM'S CASH PLEA TO GUMMER

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The leader of Birmingham City Council, Theresa Stewart, is in London today to see environment secretary John Gummer...
The leader of Birmingham City Council, Theresa Stewart, is in London today to see environment secretary John Gummer in a bid to get extra cash for her authority.

Joining her at Marsham Street to put Birmingham's case if chief executive Michael Lyons and finance director Roger Burton.

'We are making representations for more resources for Birmingham on a number if issues. We are not getting our fair share, compared to other areas, but in particular, we will be arguing the case for the revenue support grant.' said cllr Stewart.

In a letter to Mr Gummer sent in advance of the meeting, cllr Stewart says:

'The total amount of grant you say will give Birmingham next year is £778m. After taking into account the change in responsibilities for community care and metropolitan rail grant, this represents £5.2m or 0.6% year on year.

This means that £18m of the £23m increase in spending you allow us will fall onto local council tax payers giving a council tax rise of 12% - 13%.

Your government may well have cut income tax by 1p next year, but the people of Birmingham will have higher council tax bills to pay for it. I urge you to find ways of increasing our grant entitlement.'

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