Birmingham & Black Country

Spending Review: Protest meeting over budget cuts

A meeting has been held in Birmingham to discuss the budget cuts.

The all day conference, held at the city's council house, was organised by the Birmingham People's Charter and Trades Union Council.

Its aim was to discuss how to fight the cuts and present a new vision "for a better Birmingham".

The government announced its Spending Review on Wednesday, which included 7% cuts to council budgets for four years.

Union activists have taken part in a series of protests across the UK as part of a campaign against the government's spending cuts.

The government says the cuts are necessary to reduce the UK's £155bn deficit and strengthen the UK's economy in the long term. It aims to save £83bn in four years.

Birmingham City Council announced in September it would have to find a further £330m savings over the next three to four years and said it was now comparing that to the Government's figures.

Council leader Mike Whitby said whatever the final figure was, it would be "a gargantuan challenge".

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