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Birmingham City Council needs to plug ‘£25m Commonwealth Games shortfall’

Birmingham City Council Leader Ian Ward and Commonwealth Games Federation President Dame Dame Louise Martin. (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images for Commonwealth Games Federation)

A new report has warned of £25m ($34.1m/€30.8m) in funds in the 2022 Commonwealth Games budget that will need to be covered by Birmingham City Council after contributions from its partners were lower than expected.

The report states the council is “highly unlikely” to receive further partner contributions before the start of the Games in July, forcing it to use contingency funds to plug the gap.

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