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Responding to the challenge, looking to the future

The council ran a series of service reviews throughout 2014 to look into all areas of the council’s work and discuss what savings could be made in light of continuing and substantial cuts to the council’s budget that are expected to continue until at least 2018. An overview of these service reviews can be found below.

The reviews resulted in broad proposals for the future role and purpose of Birmingham City Council being outlined in a ‘green paper’, published on 23 October.

The feedback received about the green paper between 23 October and 1 December is summarised in this report.

attached document Report on 2014 Green Paper Feedback

Read the summary of the green paper or the full version (PDFs below).

Responding to the challenge, looking to the future

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Responding to the challenge, looking to the future - summary

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Responding to the challenge, looking to the future - briefing

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Our formal budget consultation ran from December 2014 to January 2015 based on a ‘white paper’ which set out the council’s proposals for reshaping services in light of the budget cuts.

You can find out more about the outcomes of this consultation and the resulting Business Plan 2015+

Birmingham City Council Service Reviews 2014

  • Seven reviews were identified where savings could be made.
  • Services were reviewed according to how they contribute to our priorities.
  • A green paper was published setting out plans for saving money.

These plans said:

  • We will lose some services and will have to radically redesign others.
  • We have already cut our workforce, and will see it reduce further.
  • We need to work more with other public services, with businesses and communities.
  • Our core priorities are: fairness, prosperity and democracy.
  • Our top priorities are: protecting children and helping to create more jobs for Birmingham people.

The seven reviews were:

  • Children’s Safeguarding and Education
  • Health and Adult Social Care
  • Employment Support and Transportation Infrastructure
  • Devolved Local Services
  • District Service Level Agreements (DSLAs) and Regulatory Services
  • Financial and Support Services
  • Externally Contracted and Council-Traded Services

Each review was run by a project board, chaired by a council cabinet member independent of the services under review. Lead executive members, overview and scrutiny and backbenchers were also on the boards, as well as senior council officers.

Reviews gathered information on each service area, identifying essential activities and legal obligations. Costs were worked out and the contribution of each service area to our priorities was assessed alongside value for money.

Read more on the 2014 Service Reviews.