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Birmingham could go bust: An interview with Gisela Stuart

The city needs to make savings of £300,000 a day, says the Labour MP

By Jay Elwes   May 2014

Birmingham is one of Britain’s greatest cities, but it faces huge challenges.

Gisela Stuart, the Labour MP for Birmingham Edgbaston, says that there is a “danger that [the city] is on the brink of insolvency.” Birmingham council has to plug a funding gap of £822m and time is short. “If you look at the figures that Albert Bore [the leader of Birmingham Council] has done, the crunch year is 2016/17,” says Stuart.

“The kind of savings which, on the current trajectory, the city would have to make are utterly unrealistic.…

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