Council budget consultation coming soon
We will begin a formal consultation later this year on our budget for 2015/16 onwards.
We will publish our proposals so that you can see exactly how we are suggesting we might make savings in the face of serious financial pressure. There will be a variety of ways in which you will be able to get involved, including webcasts and consultation events where you can give us your feedback. And your views will help shape our Business Plan and Budget 2015+. When the consultation is launched you will be able to send us your responses by email, online and mail. Ways of getting in touch will be available once the proposals have been published and the consultation starts.
You can view the current year’s and previous years’ business plans at www.birmingham.gov.uk/councilplan
The council continues to struggle due to massive cuts in government funding. Around 67 per cent of our money comes from central government. We have had to look at what services we will be able to provide, and how, in the future. This has been done in a far-reaching Service Review process and your views on a green paper are being sought.
The challenge ahead…
Having made cuts of £460 million, we now face a much harder task in terms of where savings will have to be found. We have to find more savings in the next financial year than in any of the last three years and we now have no alternative but to stop doing some things completely. Key services to the community will be affected. When making cuts we have sought to protect the most vulnerable and will prioritise services for them as much as we reasonably can. But we will be looking at ways to redesign services that we have to provide, so they happen in different ways and cost less. And cuts elsewhere will mainly have to fall on services that we are not required to provide. These are known as non-statutory services.