Birmingham City Council

The Budget Consultation

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Consultation about Birmingham City Council's budget for 2014-15 ran from 9 December 2013 to 10 January 2014.

We needed to make big cuts in our services in the 2014/15 financial year and substantial cuts are expected to continue at least until 2018. This means we are planning for a future with a lot less money to spend on services for Birmingham people.

This consultation has now ended, thank you for sending in your views. All survey responses and comments have been incorporated into a final report that will be used to shape the final budget. The final Business Plan and Budget 2014 report is attached below and also sets out the City council mission and priorities.



City Council Business Plan 2014+ final

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You can also read the final report of the consultation, the notes of the public meetings that were held and letters received from organisations below.


Budget Consultation 2014+ Final Report

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What are we proposing?

Our plans for the future of the city council, showing how we can continue to work towards our objectives with far less money, are outlined in a White Paper ‘Planning Birmingham’s Future and Budget Consultation 2014-15’. You can read the full paper, a summary or a simple summary here:

Planning Birmingham's Future - White Paper

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Planning Birmingham's Future - Summary

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Budget Consultation Simple Summary

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Our ideas for change fit into three big themes:

1.Managing Birmingham differently

We think that if various organisations put their money together and join up services, it would give us more control over how we deliver local services, let us focus money on preventing problems and improve people’s lives whilst spending less.

2. Working with others

We think there needs to be new organisations and roles that will deliver the services people need together

3. Delivering services together

We think we need to focus more on ‘whole people’ and ‘whole places’.

There is an Appendix table in the White Paper that lists specific proposals. There is also a fact sheet for each proposal that gives more detail about the proposed change and the implications of it.

Factsheets on specific proposals

Factsheets for each directorate are available

There is also an index of factsheets by Service Review available.

Public meetings

In December 2013, we held five public meetings in the city centre, Erdington, South Yardley, Handsworth and Longbridge.

Below your can find the presentation given at the public meetings by the Leader of Birmingham City Council, Sir Albert Bore.

Public meeting budget consultation 2014-15 presentation

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Notes of the public meetings and letters from organisations are available now.

Where have these ideas come from?

The journey to reach these difficult decisions began in January 2013 when a series of service reviews started across the council. This made sure that everything we do was looked at carefully.

The ideas arising from the service reviews were published in ‘Green Papers’ for discussion. We asked for feedback from citizens, other local organisations and staff. The ideas were then revised and used to help shape the proposals for the White Paper and budget.

You can find out more about the service reviews and the comments we received at www.birmingham.gov.uk/servicereviews

Information relating to Budget Views 2013 can be found here.