Budget Cuts Round Up
COUNCIL FACING HUGE BILL
Birmingham City Council could face a legal bill of around £600,000, after the cabinet lost two High Court cases.
The council was judged to have breached the Disability Discrimination Act, after it proposed to cut funding to disabled adults, affecting around 4,500 adults.
As a result of the court decision, the council have been ordered to halt the cuts, and to "undertake proper public consultation" before any final decisions are made.
Read the full story here: http://www.birminghampost.net/news/west-midlands-news/2011/05/27/birmingham-city-council-facing-600-000-legal-bill-over-unlawful-budget-cuts-65233-28777029/
ARTS COMPANY ATTEMPTING TO BOOST ITS PROFILE
The Birmingham Royal Ballet Company is currently undertaking a 3-week tour of Japan in order to promote the company and the city of Birmingham.
The ballet is also trying to boost funds, after Birmingham City Council revealed they were planning to cut up to 15% funding as a result of the budget cuts.
Read more here: http://www.birminghampost.net/life-leisure-birmingham-guide/birmingham-culture/theatre-in-birmingham/2011/05/20/birmingham-royal-ballet-s-eastern-promise-65233-28716467/
UNIVERSITY ANNOUNCES TUITION FEES INCREASE FOR 2012
Birmingham City University have recently announced they will be increasing their tuition fees from September 2012.
Fees will vary from £7.500 for students choosing to study courses such as childcare. Meanwhile, those who are planning to study music and acting can expect to be charged up to £9,000.
The University say they have been forced to increase their fees as a result of the Government funding cuts.
Read more here: http://www.bcu.ac.uk/news-events/news/fees-from2012
COUNCIL JOBS BEGIN TO GO IN DUDLEY
Dudley is beginning to feel the effects of the recent budget cuts after the council approved 52 redundancies.
The council will have to lose more than 400 jobs this year in order to save a total of £22million. A total of 800 jobs will have gone by 2014, increasing unemployment further.
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COUNCIL SHUFFLE IN DUDLEY
Dudley Council has reshuffled its cabinet in order to deal with the impending budget cuts for the area.
The council needs to cut £22 million from its budget by March 2012.
To find out more about the reshuffle, read here: http://www.stourbridgenews.co.uk/news/9047928.Politicans_take_their_seats_at_Dudley_s_top_table/