In September 2023, Birmingham City Council issued a Section 114 notice, which is similar to admitting that the Council had gone ‘bankrupt’. The Council said its financial collapse was linked to its inability to meet a £760 million equal pay lawsuit. While some Council leaders have tried to blame those workers fighting for equality for the crisis, the bottom line is that the Council owes money for unfairly discriminating against women.
It is also wrong to blame equal pay claims for all the Council’s financial woes. Austerity has devastated Council budgets and there has been controversy around the Council’s rollout of the Oracle IT database system.