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Commissioners to run Birmingham city council, Michael Gove says

Commissioners to preside over financial recovery plan that could include job cuts, asset sales and council tax rises

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The government has announced it will send commissioners to run Birmingham city council, and launch a local inquiry, after the authority declared itself in effect bankrupt.

This month Britain’s largest local authority issued a section 114 notice declaring it did not have the resources to balance its budget because of a series of problems including a spiralling equal pay bill and IT failures.

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