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Budget 2005/06

We are working to make Birmingham one of the best run authorities in England to provide high quality services which are also cost effective. Our Council Plan for 2005 sets out what we want to do for Birmingham and determines budget priorities.

The City Council approved the 2005/06 budget at its meeting on 22 February 2005. The key features of the City Council 2005/06 budget are set out below. Council tax for our own services has risen by 2.8%.

  • invest in improvement - managing resources effectively, flexibly and responsively whilst training and developing our employees to deliver improvements

  • improve and aspire for excellence in all our services - with particular emphasis on improving performance in housing and children's services

  • transform Birmingham into a city of vibrant urban villages - by reinforcing our commitment to a clean, green and safe city; investing in regeneration; improving the city's transport; developing a fair and welcoming city; providing more effective education and leisure opportunities and promoting Birmingham as a great international city

A Improved efficiency

£23.5 million of efficiency savings have been identified to help fund the service improvement plan. These will come from: better buying; targeted efficiency reviews; portfolio savings which have minimal impact on front line services and reduced debt financing cost. This is the first part of an ambitious efficiency programme which will promote organisational change and enhance value for money.

  • £20 million more for social care (on top of £10 million extra in 2004/05)

  • £39.4 million (6.6%) more for schools, plus £6 million to help develop integrated children’s services

  • £6 million for member priorities including money: to improve community safety and the local environment; for investment in parks and libraries; to promote Birmingham and promote local initiatives and to promote training and development opportunities

  • £13 million to help relieve pressures on services, e.g. loss of grant for the housing benefits service and higher electricity bills for street lighting.


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A Budget Book 2005/06

A The Council's Budget Book - find out more about our budget - full contents available by selecting the Budget Book 2005/06 attachment below.

Budget for Birmingham leaflet

A To view the budget summary which is sent out with 2005/06 council tax bills select the Budget Leaflet 2005/06 attachment below.

Key Facts 2005/06

A Did you know that over 175,000 pupils are taught in Birmingham's 434 schools, that the council spends gross over billion in total on all services and that council tax finances 11% of this gross total?

These and other council budget and demographic facts are to be found in the Key Facts Card - a handy at-a-glance guide to the council's 2005/06 budget. To download your copy see the pdf attachment below.

Alternatively we have the Key Facts card available as pocket sized hard copy. If you would like a copy please email your request to chris_whitehall@birmingham.gov.uk.

 PDF Budget Book 2005/06 (Size: 1.63 Mb Type: PDF )

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