Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has defended cuts to local Government budgets by pointing to authorities that have protected services.
"I'm very struck in the city where I'm an MP that the Liberal Democrat council in Sheffield has kept every library open, every swimming pool open, hasn't made any major cuts to adult social services and only 270 people will be laid off during the next year."
It comes after shadow local government minister Jack Dromey accused a senior Lib Dem councillor of complaining about cuts - then signing a budget leading to the loss of thousands of jobs. The former union leader said: "Birmingham City Council will today vote through the biggest local government cuts in history, £212 million next year.
"Two weeks ago the deputy leader, (Lib Dem) councillor Paul Tilsley, wrote to the Prime Minister protesting against the cuts. Twenty-four hours later he signed the budget."
Erdington MP Mr Dromey also referred to criticism of Mr Clegg after he went skiing last week during the Libyan crisis while Prime Minister David Cameron toured North Africa and the Middle East.
"Believing as he does in restoring faith in politics, how would he describe the actions of councillor Tilsley - or is he too on a slippery slope?" asked Mr Dromey.
Speaking at Deputy Prime Minister's Questions, Mr Clegg replied: "In Birmingham, like all great cities, difficult decisions are being made and I trust they are being made in a way which safeguards the services for the most vulnerable in that city."
He added: "All local authorities, of whatever political persuasion, are having to face a very, very tough local government finance settlement.
"We've not hidden that fact."