With three councils filing for bankruptcy in the UK this year. One being Birmingham, the largest in Europe. Questions are arising whether council spending and control benefits the public as a whole?
I don’t give a lot of thought to it, I mean we just had an election this year that moved us to majority Labour […] hopefully it improves because it has been pretty rubbish for quite a while […] The lack of public toilets is stressful, so hopefully they invest in that nowJohn, 32
I haven’t lived here for long, roughly two years, and in that time there’s been bin strikes as an issue. It got so bad you were almost walking in garbage […] it feels like the council don’t have much care for the public letting strikes like that happen. Rents also high so it’s a shame whatever money the council gets from it doesn’t go to the people who work to keep public life running smoothly.Nelly, 20
Bus journeys were the bane of my degree. I think the council have a say in them since it’s on their roads? More times than not I was late to my lessons because of slow and inconsistent buses […] the roads didn’t help them with the potholes, one-way roads and construction that took over streets slowing traffic down and making the journey feel uncomfortable. It’s like are they deliberately trying to make life difficult for everyone?Veronica, 23