Birmingham cuts public facilities

Birmingham (UK) went bankrupt at the end of last year. Now the consequences are starting to become clear. The city is committed to large-scale cuts. Numerous public facilities are being closed, such as neighbourhood centres, youth facilities and libraries. Local sources express their great concerns. ‘Maybe this is the end of the city.’ The Handsworth area is paying an unacceptably high price. ‘Birmingham says no’ is printed on T-shirts of neighbouring residents. Young people in particular are at risk of becoming victims of the harsh cuts. ‘Lives not knives’ on another T-shirt. Because youth facilities are disappearing, there are fears that crime will flare up. The question is whether empowerment can bring a solution here. Answer: no. Not so long, despite the problems for its residents, the city continues to focus predominantly on prestigious projects.

Source: / Handsworth Against the Cuts