Budget for financial year 2016 to 2017

Each year the council plans its spending and income around its aims, priorities and resources (which include the setting of council tax).

A city with 2020 vision

With a developing vision for how the council will look in the year 2020, we are transforming what we do and how we do it. We need to respond to the changing needs of citizens and adapt to not having the money to do all of the things we did before.

The vision for your future council is based on the ideals of prosperity, fairness and democracy. We aim to have a strong economy, safety and opportunity for all children, a great future for young people, thriving local communities, a healthy and happy population, and a modern council.

We will continue to keep our children’s and education improvements on track, and successfully conclude the work set for us by the Birmingham Independent Improvement Panel.

The council will become more strategic, and much smaller as we also gain new powers devolved from central government to drive economic growth, investment and the reform of public services.

How we’re making the changes

We’ve adopted a new approach. We’ve looked at how we can meet the needs of citizens, through providing services ourselves but also with a renewed focus on how we can work with partners to achieve shared aims. Our role, with other civic and civil leaders, is to agree the vision for Birmingham and lead the city as a joint enterprise.

Our plan for change is divided into six key themes which aim to better meet citizens’ needs, make substantial savings and improve our performance. They are:

  • Prevent family breakdown – seeking to support disadvantaged families through a range of interventions so their children can thrive.
  • Maximise the independence of adults – with Birmingham a city where getting older is a positive experience.
  • Sustainable neighbourhoods – creating an environment which is more sustainable, reduces costs and is better for the health and wellbeing of residents.
  • Economic growth and jobs – economic development and support for job creation, skills training and sustainable business growth can impact greatly on the prosperity and wellbeing of the city.
  • Changes to the workforce – our direct workforce will be smaller reflecting that outcomes and services will be delivered through new models where staff will not necessarily be directly employed by the council.
  • Council-wide – we will continue to work more efficiently, redesigning our services so they are as lean as possible.

This is a council on a journey of change and improvement. By working together in partnership, we know that this city will rise to all the challenges we face, and secure a great future for all its citizens.

Council tax

There has been a rise of 1.99 per cent in the city council’s base element of the council tax for 2016–17. In addition – in recognition of particular pressures on adult social care – there has been a further 2 per cent rise for the Adult Social Care Precept, which will contribute towards increasing adult social care costs. This, in total, is a rise of 3.99 per cent.

Download budget 2016 to 2017 documents, and details of 2016 to 2017 council tax help and information booklet.