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Commissioners to run Birmingham city council, Michael Gove says

  • Birmingham City Council is facing a financial crisis, with a projected deficit in its budget of £87m and a £760m bill to settle equal pay claims.
  • Levelling Up Secretary Michael Gove plans to intervene and appoint commissioners to oversee the council, as it is failing to comply with its best value duty. The government is also considering allowing the council to borrow money or sell assets to address its financial liabilities.
  • Selling off assets may not provide immediate relief to the annual budget pressures, but it has been allowed in the past to cover equal pay liabilities. The council is requesting exceptional financial support from the government to address its challenges.
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