Laura Sharman 04 March 2015

Protesters disrupt Birmingham’s budget meeting

Protesters interrupted Birmingham’s annual budget meeting yesterday, shouting ‘shame on you’ as the council approved a £105m cuts package.

The group, who had to be removed from the public gallery, were protesting against the cuts which included cuts to the library service.

Leader of the council, Sir Albert Bore, said the new savings were necessary as the council faced a 18.6% funding reduction from Government, the largest cut ever to grant funding in a single year.

Delivering the budget, Sir Bore said: ‘Lord Mayor, in conclusion I have been clear that this budget contains real cuts that we would rather not have made.

‘We have conducted a thorough and open consultation on our budget proposals and responded on many of the issues people raised.

‘We have delivered a budget against the odds and ensured that vulnerable people are protected as far as possible.’

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