Birmingham City Council Business Plan 2015+
Responding to the challenge, looking to the future
The council’s budget consultation for 2015+ ended on 12 January 2015.
Members of the public were able to have their say via email, online survey, public meetings, text and letter and there was a good response with almost 2,000 participating.
There were also around 8,000 views of two webcasts where the council’s cabinet answered public questions on the budget, and around 20,000 views of this webpage.
These responses helped shape the Business Plan 2015+. A summary draft report (subject to Full Council approval on 3 March) was published on 10 February setting out our vision and priorities. You can take a look at the draft document here:
Draft Council Business Plan and Summary Budget 2015+
The report will be considered by the council’s cabinet on 16 February. The final plan will then go to full council on 3 March who will be recommended to approve it as council policy.
Our goals remain the same: to work with public services, businesses and the people of Birmingham to create a city that is fairer, more prosperous and more democratic. But substantial budget cuts mean planning for a future with a lot less money to spend on services. Some services will need to change substantially, and some cut altogether. Pressures on finances are expected to continue until at least 2018.
Leader of Birmingham City Council, Cllr Sir Albert Bore, explains the thinking behind the plan in this video.
All the survey responses and comments that were received as part of the budget consultation have been incorporated into a feedback report.
You’ll find this report below, together with feedback from other meetings held during the consultation process.
Budget Consultation Final Report
Public Consultation Meeting Report Council House
Public Consultation Meeting Report Erdington
Stakeholders Conference 2015+ Report
The future council
We are developing a new model of city government better suited to the needs of our citizens.
You can read more about how we propose to do this in the White Paper document on which the budget consultation was based. This document is below.
You can download the White Paper as a pdf.
Or view the online version (which can also be downloaded as a PDF).
Individual factsheets for each white paper proposal provide more detail about proposed changes in different areas of the council’s work and the implications of these changes. .
The journey to reach these budget proposals began in January 2014 with a series of council service reviews when everything the council does was looked at fully in order to make decisions on changes to services.