"Right here in Brum, there are two notorious gang families who cost the taxpayer £37 million"
says Eric Pickles. So what has the Tory council done about this in the past six years?
And are those figures accurate?
Pickles has challenged local authority chief executives to take a pay cut. He suggests that those on £200k plus should volunteer a 10% cut. Over to you Steven Hughes at Birmingham. Look your workers in the eye and tell you that you share their pain. Naturally, you won't be sharing in their upcoming job losses and contract changes, but a pay cut would be a start.