Leader of the council
Summary of responsibilities
The Leader has ultimate responsibility for the council, and is accountable for a number of strategic functions:
Strategic policies: The leader is responsible for leading the development and implementation of the council business plan, the 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.
Policy and partnerships: Where appropriate leading of city, regional, national, European and international policy and strategic partnerships, and appropriate relations with the media.
Major projects: Leading major physical regeneration and infrastructure projects in the city.
Promotion of the city and inward investment: Responsibility for the 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.
Structure and governance of the council: Leading the 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.
Local government ombudsman: Ensuring appropriate action in response to Local Government Ombudsman reports.
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.
Bereavement services: Strategic leadership for the development of cemeteries, crematoria and mortuary and Coroners Court Services.
Business Improvement Districts: Partnerships with the Business Improvement Districts, including city centre management opportunities.