Birmingham City Council has launched a consultation on their 2020/21 budget proposals.
The council has already saved £730m since 2010 with plans to deliver further savings of £81m by 2023/24.
The consultation for the 2020/21 budget is focussed on savings totalling £5.5 million, rising to £17.7m in 2023/24. This will leave a gap of £26m in 2023/24 including identifying opportunities to modernise the delivery of council services.
You can read details of the council’s proposals by downloading the PDF at http://bit.ly/37fzWcc
Specific proposals in detail:
- Digital and Customer Services – all proposals
- Education and Skills – all proposals
- Children’s Trust – all proposals
- Finance and Governance – all proposals
- Human Resources – all proposals
Speaking about the consultation, Councillor Ian Ward, Leader of Birmingham City Council, said: “This continues to be the most challenging period in Birmingham City Council’s history with the unprecedented reduction in funding from central government due to last for at least another four years.
“Over the years funding cuts to the council and across the public services have inevitably had an impact on some of the most vulnerable people in our city – a point highlighted by the growing numbers of homeless people and families living in poverty within Birmingham. A total of 20.5 per cent of our annual budget is spent on providing services to adults and children in need of support.
“In this budget we are seeking to protect services to those that need them most, whilst at the same time ensuring that the city is ready to meet the challenges and grasp the opportunities of the future.
“There is a climate emergency so we must adapt to changing circumstances and seize new opportunities to power our economy as Birmingham becomes a cleaner, greener and healthier place to live and work. The next ten years have the potential to be a golden decade for the people of Birmingham: we are experiencing record levels of investment and the Commonwealth Games will help boost the international reputation of our city. Our focus is on making sure that the benefits from this economic growth and the Games are felt by every citizen of Birmingham, no matter where they live and we will use this budget to help deliver that.
“We really want to hear the views of local residents on the proposals that have been put forward for the budget so that together we can help shape the future of the city.”
How you can get involved
Comments can be submitted via the council’s Birmingham Be Heard website at www.birminghambeheard.org.uk/economy/bccbudgetconsultation2020
A public drop-in session will be held on Wednesday 18 December 2019, 3pm to 7pm at the council house were residents can speak with Cabinet Members and senior officers and get an insight into how the council makes its decisions. Residents with access requirements are asked to email email@example.com
Banqueting Suite, Council House
Birmingham B1 1BB
To request a paper copy of the survey please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Business rate payers meeting
If you are a business rate payer and wish to attend, you can register online at www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/birmingham-city-council-budget-consultation-2020-business-briefing-tickets-81337700251