Key announcements

Our council tax and benefits online systems and forms may be unavailable on Saturday 21 May between 8am and 2pm due to planned maintenance. Details of how to offer support to Ukraine residents fleeing war, and where to find information and advice are on our City of Sanctuary webpage

Challenges we face

Cllr Ian Ward, Leader of Birmingham City Council, writes on this year’s budget-setting process…

Though there are many reasons for optimism, this is also a city of challenges; a city where over a decade of austerity has left its mark on our communities and public services.

  • Birmingham is ranked the 7th most deprived local authority in England;
  • 490,000 of our citizens are estimated to live in the top 10 per cent most deprived areas in England;
  • Birmingham's claimant unemployment rate stands at 15.3 per cent; above both the West Midlands (9.1 per cent) and the UK (7.8 per cent) rates.

And this is before we factor in the severe impact of COVID-19 on businesses and our economy, which will further highlight the inequalities within our city.

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