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19-02-2010

The Stirrer revealed yesterday that Birmingham Council is attempting to “rob” the city’s taxi drivers by launching a cash raid on reserves held by the Licensing Committee. Now we’ve had response worth of “Yes Minister’s” Sir Humphrey.

Bear in mind that this cash was raised by licensing from hackney carriage drivers, and pub and club licensees for the specific purpose of administering their applications; and that similar raids are also being planned on surpluses raised by Planning and Environmental Services.

This, then, is the response from a Council spokesperson, in all its glory:

“The council, across all directorates, has to make efficiencies to ensure the best possible value for money is provided to citizens.

“Some services have elements of their budgets that are ring fenced and this is taken into account when efficiency targets are set as part of the budgeting process.”

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