Birmingham City Council's "tax" on garden waste has been a disaster. There's rubbish all over the streets, most people have refused to pay and the yellow stickers on bags are a joke. It's a new poll tax - it hits pensioners and the poor with small gardens hardest. There are long queues at the city's tips and some of those who have paid have never received their bags or bins.

Birmingham Liberal Democrats are pledged to get rid of it - it's now a priority as part of restoring our pride in our city.

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