Birmingham's council leader has warned that even if the city secured a fairer funding deal it would still make cuts.
Labour leader Coun John Clancy spoke after he gave his full support to the No More #Brumcuts campaign .
Coun Clancy, who became leader of the council in December, said the authority would be about £85 million better off if it had been given a fair settlement.
Coun Clancy said: “I’m absolutely delighted that the Post has come out so strongly.
“It was a great piece of public affairs journalism and an editorial choice to go front and centre on something so important. The Post is speaking for the city on this.”
But he warned that, while there had been talks with the Department for Communities and Local Government, he and his cabinet colleagues had to plan for the full cuts.
He said: “I’m personally having to front up a budget with over £250 million of cuts , £90 million this year, I’ve got 1,200 job losses, halving our workforce in six years.
“Clearly, we’ve been hit hard by the funding formula.”
Coun Clancy said: “I will try to convince the Government we need more funding.
“In saying that there is a case for fairer funding is not just a party political point. There’s cross party support in this city.
“I am clear that whilst the Government has clearly listened over the last few years to what we’ve been saying about the unfairness and that they have responded says a lot about the cross-party support on the matter.
“And indeed support from other cities across the country
“But even if we got fairer funding, we would still be making cuts,” he warned.
He said that a meeting of the leaders of England’s eight core cities in Sheffield this week acknowledged there had been movement from the Government.
But he added: “Unfortunately it’s only going to come down the line. We’re still stuck with the situation in the immediate future and we’re still this year probably £85 million worse off than we should be.”
As a result, he is to plough ahead with the transformation of the council’s budget planning for the next four years.
Coun Clancy was elected leader partly because he had long argued for the use of council pension funds and council property assets to lever investment which could offer Birmingham a funding lifeline.
He said: “However, I am absolutely still committed to not raising the white flag for the city council and what it can do for Birmingham.
“We probably have to turn from a revenue-spending council that we are now to a council which spends money in a different way.
“That means bringing capital into this city to spend on infrastructure, housing and investment in jobs.
“In the past, we saw it as ‘we get money from the Government and we spend it’.
“We can’t clearly rely on that in future. We have to look at ways of bringing new money into the city beyond council tax, government support grants and business rates.
“It’s about being innovative, bringing capital into the city to spend on housing in particular.”
One way the council is raising extra money is through the two per cent social care levy – in Birmingham’s case this will all be spent on raising the wages of care staff to the new National Living Wage or minimum wage of £7.20 per hour.
Coun Clancy said the council would pay care homes the money on condition that staffing levels were maintained.
“We need to care for the people who care for those we love the most,” he said.
The pressures of an ageing population creating extra demand for care services remain and are being tackled through closer working with the NHS and a move towards independent living and away from residential care until it is absolutely necessary.