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Council Budget figures (why Labour's leaflets are misleading - Green Waste and Cuts)

The Labour Party have made many claims about how much money is being cut from Birmingham's budgets.  They are doing this to justify their prioritisation of cutting the green waste collection.  It happens to be that Solihull spends in total around £700 per annum less per dwelling, but still provides a free green waste service (one bin - they charge for a second bin)

However, these are the figures in total (in £million) including the forecasts.  It is important to remember that Labour nationally are committed to the 15/16 figure and have said they will make further cuts if they come into government (although the cuts may not be the same)

I have in front of me a Labour leaflet claiming the total cuts are two thirds.  I don't see that from the quoted figures below.


Net Budgets 2011/12 onwards
Actual Figures Forecasts based on 2014+ LTFP
2011/12 2012/13 2013/14 2014/15 2015/16 2016/17 2017/18
Council Tax 332.198 333.218 252.104 258.529 267.499 273.394 281.919
Government Grants 691.206 646.52 783.384 706.408 597.73 554.432 499.534
Net Budget 1023.404 979.738 1035.488 964.937 865.229 827.826 781.453
The big shift in grant last year is a different treatment of financing council tax benefit where the support previously given is included in the basic grant.
Additionally the council has a budget head of "savings not achieved". It would be very simple to allocate these funds to the green waste collection. In fact the saving in terms of not having to collect fly tipping would assist.

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