Five boosts for Birmingham amid Birmingham City Council financial crisis

Here are five huge projects that are set to boost Birmingham despite the financial crisis at Birmingham City Council

There’s no escaping the fact that the financial crisis unfolding at Birmingham City Council has sparked dismay and dread right across the Second City.

The crisis-hit authority’s recently-revealed proposals to hike council tax and slash a huge array of local services sent shockwaves through our communities and left many fearing for Birmingham’s future.

The uncertainty, anger and sadness that countless Brummies feel over the alarming situation has been on full display in the past few weeks.

We’ve seen protesters gather outside the council’s headquarters to protest against possible youth service cuts; tearful scenes at a council meeting over the impact on the city’s cultural heartbeat; and petitions launched against the ‘unjust’ council tax rise.

The ‘closure’ of The Electric cinema after more than 100 years this week will be another blow to those worried about the direction that Birmingham is going in.

It certainly feels like this is one of the bleakest periods that Birmingham has experienced in modern history but there are thankfully reasons to be cautiously optimistic about the city’s future.

While they may not lessen the anxiety and pain caused by the council’s budget proposals, they may provide a glimmer of hope that Birmingham can get through this dark chapter and continue to be the brilliant and thriving city we know it is:

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