There are some useful figures here about the actual changes to Bradford Council's budget since 2007/8 on the Conservative Group blog. It concludes with this paragraph which rather sums it up:
The truth is that Bradford Council has faced significant reductions in grants and that, outside the protected areas of education and public health, this has had quite an impact on service provision. However, we can find over £500,000 for union officials and their perks, can spend nearly £5m on ‘strategic support’ and can willfully turn down government grants so as to make a political point about council tax. This isn’t the sign of an organisation in crisis but of one that is only just getting to grips with waste and excess.
Do have a read of the whole piece.