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Council Business Plan 2011+

The Council Business Plan for 2011+ sets out the high level medium term corporate plan for the council, incorporating our key priorities and the budget, resources and workforce plans that support them. It sets the direction for business planning across the whole organisation for the medium term. The detailed implementation plans to achieve the key priorities will be captured in the Directorate Business Plans and in Cabinet Member and Committee reports at the start of the financial year.

The Government’s Spending Review 2010 set an unparalleled financial challenge for local councils. The Government grant settlement announced in December 2010 means that we shall need to make savings of over £300m over the next four years. Information on the national financial context is outlined later on in this part of the document.

The Council Business Plan for 2011+ is set within the context of realising these savings whilst continuing to work to achieve the priority outcomes for Birmingham people.

How This Plan Is Set Out

A summary of the priority outcomes is provided in part 2 of this Plan. The priorities were developed in consultation with Birmingham residents and businesses, partners and other stakeholders as outlined in part 4.

The priorities will be delivered through fundamental service redesign across the majority of Council services. To deliver “better for less”, we are developing new ways to provide services, built around seven clear principles of service redesign outlined in part 3. The planned service changes are summarised in Appendix 1.

The financial plans and budgets are summarised in part 6 and explained in full detail in Appendix 2. Our strategic approach to managing property, assets and other resources is summarised in part 7.

Council Business Plan 2011+ Summary

Also attached below is an 'At A Glance' Summary document:

Directorate Planning

To support the implementation of the Council Business Plan 2011+ , each of Birmingham’s 6 Directorates produces its own business plan. These business plans are informed by a Corporate Planning Framework.

To set the scene for their detailed plans each directorate produces a vision statement. The Directorate vision statements are set out below:

The Procurement Toolkit

The Procurement Toolkit will help you to source goods and services, in an open and transparent way, with the objective of achieving Value for Money.

The procurement process protects the way the Council budget is being spent and ensures that a variety of suppliers (including local small, medium and third sector enterprises) are able to bid for business, via Finditinbirmingham.

CPS makes certain that the Council’s Polices and Procedures are integrated into the procurement process and comply with Birmingham City Council’s Financial Regulations and Standing Orders (which are part of Birmingham City Council’s Constitution - Volume B Part 2(B) Standing Orders relating to contracts ), national and European law. CPS has produced an overview of New Changes to Standing Orders

CPS integrates BCC's Equality and Diversity, Sustainability and Going for Green policies into the Councils contracts and produced a Guidance on Dealing with Policy and Service Issues in Council Contracts.

Ordering Goods and Services

You will need to firstly check with your Requisitioner if there is an existing arrangements in place on the Voyager portal. The Voyager Portal is Birmingham City Council’s system for procuring goods and services.

The Voyager portal contains the ‘How to Buy Guide’ which is designed to help you identify the correct ordering channel.

This can include:

  • In-house providers e.g., Civic Catering, Design and Print
  • eCatalogue
  • Current contractual arrangements

If there is an existing arrangement in place contact your requisitioner who will arrange one of the following:

  • In-house provider – Internal Transfer
  • eCatalogue and current contractual arrangements – raise a Purchase Order unless it is included on the Purchase Order Exempt List.

If you cannot find the good or service via the How to Buy Guide, you will need to select one of the following three options, (Note: You will need to take into account the value of the complete project). If you have difficulties, estimating the overall cost of the project, contact CPS.

The Quotation Pack is a set of useful templates that will help you through the procurement process. There is also a set of standard Terms and Conditions you may want to include in your quotation.

For all purchasing or contract queries contact:

Corporate Procurement Services
P O BOX 10680
B4 7WB

Telephone: 0121 464 8000
Email: CPS@birmingham.gov.uk

Sat Nav: B4 7DD


 PDF Development Vision Statement (Size: 26.3 Kb Type: PDF )

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