Wednesday, 24 February 2010



Tuesday’s meeting of Birmingham City Council adopted a budget that threatens 2,000 jobs this year and up to 7,000 jobs over the next 5 years.

Following the debate, Councillor Salma Yaqoob (Sparkbrook, Respect) said:

“Financial mismanagement on a grand scale by this Lib Dem-Tory council has left thousands of families in fear for their jobs and livelihoods. Job losses on this scale can only means worse services for everyone in Birmingham .

The Lib Dems and Tories claim they are only being ‘responsible’ but this is no more than cynical politics. They are sacrificing the future of thousands of people for the sake of a below inflation council tax rise.

Even a small rise for the richer households - well below the average for English cities - would save these jobs and our services. 

Once again, the Labour Party failed to stand up to Tory and Lib Dem cuts. They had their chance to oppose the budget but meekly abstained in the final vote. Birmingham needs courageous not cowardly councillors.”

For further comment:

Salma Yaqoob - Tel: 0773 904 3531