Cuts in council funding will have a huge impact on education, road safety and housing, a local authority leader has warned.
The Government’s announcement of a £1.165 billion cut in spending across the West Midlands hid the true scale of the reductions, claimed Steve Eling, deputy leader of Sandwell Council.
He said the authority was set to lose far more than the £4 million revealed in an official announcement by Local Government Secretary Eric Pickles.
It has emerged that councils are also to lose millions of pounds for transport schemes, including measures to reduce congestion.
For example, Birmingham’s transport funding is to be cut by more than £3 million – on top of cuts of almost £13 million previously announced.
But transport money was not included in a breakdown of spending cuts published by Mr Pickles.
The Government has published a detailed list of what it says are the initial funding cuts local authorities need to make.
In Birmingham’s case, this meant cuts of £12.6 million, including £7.58 million from education budgets. The Working Neighbourhoods Fund, which is meant to cut unemployment in deprived areas, is to lose £4.04 million.
Funding for a scheme called Supporting People, which provides care for people with serious mental illnesses in their own homes, is being cut by £569,000.
The Department for Communities and Local Government says administration costs will be reduced but services will not be reduced.
And the Prevent scheme, which is designed to prevent terrorism by reducing support for extremist organisations in Muslim communities, is being cut by £300,000.
Birmingham City Council said it expects to cut budgets by £100 million over the next two years to comply with the Government’s public spending clamp-down.
Leaders of the Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition met to plan how to wield the axe without harming front-line services.
Mr Pickles' announcement also revealed that funding for Dudley Council has been cut by £1.96 million, funding for Wolverhampton was cut by £3.04 million and funding for Sandwell was cut by £4 million.
Funding for Walsall was cut by £3 million, funding for Coventry was cut by £3.46 million and funding for Solihull was cut by £1.6 million.
At the same time, funding for Warwickshire was cut by £3.6 million and funding for Worcestershire was cut by £3.2 million.
But separate figures released later by the Government revealed that authorities are also set to lose millions of pounds in transport funding.
Birmingham will lose £3.2 million, Coventry £1.36 million, Dudley £940,000, Sandwell £870,000, Solihull £720,000, Walsall £770,000 and Wolverhampton £830,000.
Councillor Eling, a Labour councillor and Sandwell’s cabinet member for strategic resources as well as its deputy leader, said: “The true level of cuts to Sandwell will be considerably greater than the £4million presented in the table initially.
“We are currently assessing the impact of all these cuts. We are taking a measured approach to what the fallout will be for services in Sandwell.
“However, it is clear that education will take a big hit, as well as road safety and housing schemes.
“I think the way the Government has presented the figures is misleading and this ‘smoke and mirrors’ approach blows a hole in its claims of a new era of transparency.”
Other authorities said they will still examining the announcements.
Martin Reeves, chief executive of Coventry City Council, said: “Finance officers are now working through the detailed implications of this for the council and the city.
“Clearly this will put additional pressure on our services to local people and will mean some tough decisions on priorities will have to be made.”