The city’s budget will exceed £23 million in the 2023/2024 financial year. According to the BBC, this is not surprising as Nottingham City Council has been suffering from multi-million pound budget gaps for years.The announcement of cutting services has become an “annual event.”
“Inflation and high demand for services are common across all councils, but what sets Nottingham apart are its high-profile failings,” wrote the BBC’s local Nottingham correspondent.
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They will pay the bills and not close the library
What is it And the reasons why their number exceeds 330 thousand residents and the city is heading to financial ruin? The authorities cited factors putting additional pressure on finances, among others: increased demand for social care for children and adults, rising homelessness and the impact of inflation. The situation has not improved thanks to past problems, such as excessive spending in previous fiscal years.
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A meeting is scheduled to be held to discuss the situation within three weeks at the latest. David Mellen, leader of Nottingham City Council, told the BBC that he would not step down. “We will continue to pay our bills and we will continue to pay our employees’ salaries,” he stressed. He also has no intention of closing the newly opened £10m library. He believes that the city should not deprive citizens of basic services, because their standard of living has deteriorated recently enough. Mellen also announced that he would fight in Parliament for “proper reform of the social care system, real action to combat homelessness and funding local services.”
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Nottingham is not the first British city to suffer from similar problems. in September Birmingham Council also declared bankruptcy — The second largest city in the United Kingdom. It was announced that spending would be suspended except for basic services such as health care, education, and social care.
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