Birmingham City Council

Budget 2004/05

Birmingham is ‘going local’. In 2004/05 we will be bringing services closer to the people who use them. Services ranging from swimming pools to street cleaning and car parks to pest control will be based in each of 11 districts across Birmingham. This 2004/05 budget will be used as the basis for reallocation of monies into the new devolved local structures.

The City Council approved the 2004/05 budget at its meeting on 3 February 2004. Its key features are set out below:

Priorities

  • Develop Birmingham as a city of flourishing neighbourhoods - clean and safe with thriving communities

  • Improve our services and to serve Birmingham well

Extra Resources for service spending - Key Points

  • Pay and price inflation for all services
  • £7million more for children’s and older people’s services, including improving foster care and investing in independent care home provision
  • All of the government’s extra spending increase for schools will go to schools, paying for inflation and giving real growth of £17 million, and £0.5m extra for education services run centrally
  • £3.7 million for ‘You Are Your City’ to support our priority of flourishing neighbourhoods; most of this money will be controlled by district committees to improve the local environment and safety
  • An extra £1.1 million for youth services
  • £0.5m for libraries to provide extra books and extend some opening hours
  • £1.5m to fund borrowing for investment in our housing stock
  • £2.5m to take forward changes in the way our services are provided, including I.T. services and highways maintenance

Savings

Savings of £8 million from efficiencies, changing the way we provide services and from extra income will help to fund the investment in services.

Council Tax

Council tax rise of 1.5% for services the City Council provides - compared to 4.4% last year.

Budget Book 2004/05

The Council's Budget Book - find out more about our budget - full contents available by selecting the Budget Book 2004/05 attachment below.

Budget for Birmingham leaflet

To view the budget summary which is sent out with 2004/05 council tax bills select the Budget Leaflet 2004/05 attachment below.

 PDF Budget Book 2004-05 (Size: 1.90 Mb Type: PDF )

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