Leader of the council

Councillor Ian Ward

Summary of responsibilities

The Leader has ultimate political responsibility for the council, and is accountable the following strategic functions:

Strategic policies: Development and implementation of the Council Business Plan, Budget and the Leader’s Policy Statement.

Financial strategy: The council’s strategic approach to financial resources and budget including alignment between partners, the BCC General Fund, Housing Revenue Account and capital spending.

Finances: Overall financial direction within the Financial Strategy developed by the Leader, including Best Value and appropriate financial, accounting and audit controls and procedures.

Council Wide Efficiency:  Jointly with the deputy leader, to take a strategic lead in relation to efficiency across all council services and to foster lean governance in all areas of council work and to promote working relationships with stakeholders and partners

Policy and partnerships:  Where appropriate leadership of city, regional, national, European and international policy and strategic partnerships, and appropriate relations with the media.

Major projects: Major physical regeneration and infrastructure projects in the city.

Promotion of the city and inward investment: Promotion of Birmingham regionally, nationally and internationally. This includes work with partners such as Marketing Birmingham, the universities and cultural organisations of citywide, regional or national significance. Marketing strategies to encourage investment in Birmingham.

Sports and Events Development: Development, delivery and promotion of sports, events and festivals.

Structure and governance of the council: Overall organisational design of the council, including corporate governance arrangements.

Council land use and property assets: Oversight of the council’s land use and property strategy and asset management plan including framework for reuse, disposal and requisition of land and property in the council’s priorities – including assets of community value. Oversight of council owned land and property facilities, amenities and services including markets.

Emergency planning: Arrangements for the council's response to emergencies.

Combined Authority and the West Midlands Mayoral Combined Authority : Appropriate arrangements for the council’s response and review changes in the constitution, consultation and devolution deals. Acting as the main representative for the city council on the combined authority.

Economic growth and jobs: Strategic approach to economic growth and regeneration programmes and strategic planning policy in consultation with the Cabinet Member for Jobs and Skills.

Business Improvement Districts: Partnerships with the Business Improvement Districts, including city centre management opportunities.

Land Use Planning:  Local Development Plan, Neighbourhood Plans, Development Briefs and Supplementary Guidance; including advice to planning committee.

Lord Mayor’s Office: Appropriate support to the Lord Mayor and other holders of civic office.