Fraser Nelson Fraser Nelson

Why Birmingham council went bust

An Anthony Gormley statue stands between Birmingham, Town Hall and the Council House (Credit: Getty images)

There’s a bit too much schadenfreude from Tories over the effective bankruptcy of Birmingham Council. Its ‘Section 114 notice’ is an admission that the council (Europe’s largest) is unable to meet a £760 million equal pay lawsuit – so spending on all but essential services in Britain’s second city will stop.

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