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Budget 2012-13

Budget 2012-13

Budget and Council Objectives

Transforming the council – how savings have been made

Since 2006 Birmingham City Council has made some major changes to the way it operates in order to make massive savings. Millions have already been saved through cutting management and back office costs and re-designing services to improve them and make them more efficient. Financial systems, procurement, people management, the use of property and customer services have all been transformed. The amount of spending which complies with contracts has risen dramatically, the office space occupied by staff has reduced by 25 per cent and the number of customer enquiries resolved on first contact has risen by 30 per cent. This transformation programme continues and it will lead to even more savings and improvements in how the council operates. However these savings alone are not enough.

The economic challenge continues

For the 2012/13 financial year the economic challenge is continuing and further new savings of £61.9 million need to be achieved along with previously planned savings of £38.9 million. In order to decide where changes should be made the council carried out its biggest ever budget consultation from October 2011 to January 2012 with residents, staff, local business and organisations in Birmingham all contributing. Thousands of comments were received and these were taken into account when the council's budget for 2012/13 was approved.

The council's priorities – putting people first

Despite savings having to be made, the council's number one priority is still to provide the essential services that Birmingham people want and need most. The council will work within its means to:

• Protect vulnerable people (children and adults)

• Create jobs and help local people into work

• Improve local people’s job prospects through providing better education and skills

• Make sure that Birmingham continues to be a clean, green and safe city

Birmingham's response to the economic situation

The challenging economic situation is an international and national problem but its impact has been felt locally and the rise in unemployment rates is a clear example of the challenges local people are facing. The council's response to this has been to help stimulate job creation in the local economy and support the people of Birmingham. This is being achieved through projects such as:

• The formation of a Local Enterprise Partnership to support economic development and enterprise as well as encouraging job creation and skills growth

• The creation of an Enterprise Zone which will boost jobs in the city and generate millions of pounds for Birmingham

• The introduction of the Birmingham Energy Savers scheme, a multi award winning project to improve city homes by making them more energy efficient

• High profile projects such as the regeneration of New Street Station and the construction of Library of Birmingham, which are committed to employing local people

• Support for the High Speed Rail project which now has government backing

Council tax

In recent years Birmingham City Council has minimised increases in council tax and in 2012 it will once again take up the additional grant offered by the government so that the council's element of council tax in 2012/13 will stay at the same level as in the previous year. This means that Birmingham will continue to have one of the lowest levels of council tax of all the major cities in England.

Council Business Plan 2012+ (Size: 2.67 Mb Type: PDF )

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Council Tax Leaflet 2012-2013 (Size: 4.33 Mb Type: PDF )

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Budget Book 2012-13 (Size: 540 Kb Type: PDF )

Copyright: 2011 Birmingham City Council

Budget Key Facts (Size: 364 Kb Type: PDF )

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