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Birmingham City Council has launched a consultation on plans to make savings of £300 million and cut more than 7,000 jobs

A city council has launched a consultation on plans to make savings of £300 million over the next four years and cut more than 7,000 jobs.

Birmingham City Council is inviting submissions on the proposals from staff, members of the public and businesses, before final budget decisions are made in March next year.

The consultation document says local authorities are currently facing an “unparalleled financial challenge” and contains proposals to reduce the city council’s full-time non-school staffing level from 18,993 to 11,877 by 2015.

The council, which is run by a Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition, estimates that around 3,700 members of staff may take voluntary redundancy, early retirement, or in the last resort, be subject to compulsory redundancy over the four-year period.

Commenting on the document, Councillor Randal Brew, Birmingham’s Cabinet Member for Finance, said: “With every challenge there is an opportunity and it is now time to refocus our services.

“This document is well researched and costed and indicative of the savings required.

“But it is draft, not a final version, and subject to consultation.”

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