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Responding to the challenge, looking to the future

2015/16 Budget Consultation

A consultation on Birmingham City Council's budget proposals for 2015-16 and beyond runs until 12 January 2015.

We need to make substantial cuts to services for the next financial year with pressures on finances expected to continue until at least until 2018.

This means planning for a future with a lot less money to spend on services for Birmingham’s citizens. Some services will need to change substantially, and some may need to be cut altogether.

We would like you to read our proposals and comment on them (see ‘Have your say’ below).

Our proposals

Our plans for the future of the council – service by service – are outlined in a ‘white paper’.

We plan to develop 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.

You can download the white paper as a PDF

Or view the online version (which can also be downloaded as a PDF).

Individual factsheets on the proposals

There is also a factsheet for each proposal that gives more detail about the proposed changes in different areas of the council’s work and the implications of these changes.

The areas covered by these factsheets are
Adult Social Care
Births, Deaths and Marriages
Business and Employment
Children and Young People
District Services
Environment and Waste
Finance and Support Services
Housing
Libraries, Museums, Arts and Heritage
Markets
Parks and Leisure
Planning and Development
Public Health
Safety and Equality
Traffic and Transport
Welfare and Advice Services

There is also a factsheet for each proposal that gives more detail about the proposed changes in different areas of the council’s work and the implications of these changes.

Have your say

We want to know what you think about our proposals for council services.

The best way to have your say is by completing the online survey.

You could also:

  • Email budget.views@birmingham.gov.uk
  • Text ‘Budget’ followed by a space and your message to 07786 200 403
  • Write to Budget Views, Room M49, Council House, Victoria Square, Birmingham B1 1BB
  • Share your positive ideas on Birmingham Speaks

It helps the council save money if you fill in the survey online or email your comments.

Public meetings

We are holding two events in December where you can come along to have your say:

Thursday 11 December, 6pm–8pm
The Council House, Victoria Square, Birmingham, B1 1BB
More information about the venue: www.birmingham.gov.uk/council-house

Monday 15 December, 6pm–8pm
The Lighthouse Centre, St Barnabas Church, High Street, Erdington B23 6SY
More information about the venue: www.stbarnabaserdington.org.uk

Book a place for either meeting.

Webcasts

There will also be two live webcasts where you will get a chance to see the Leader of the Council, Cllr Sir Albert Bore and council cabinet members answer questions on the budget proposals.

These webcasts will be on:
10 December, 6pm-8pm
7 January 2015, 6pm-8pm

Send your questions in advance to: press.office@birmingham.gov.uk – as many as possible will be answered in the two-hour timeslot.

You can view the webcasts either at the times above or at a later date.

What will we do with your feedback?

All survey responses and comments received will be incorporated into a feedback report. This will be used to shape the final budget and will be published on this webpage.

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 carefully.

The ideas that came out of these service reviews were published in a ‘green paper’ for discussion in October. Residents, local organisations and staff were all given a chance to comment on this and the ideas were used to help shape proposals for the ‘white paper’.

You can find out more about the service reviews and the comments we received.