NB: If sending questions PLEASE INCLUDE CONTACT DETAILS – PARTICULARLY A TELEPHONE NUMBER in your letter or email.
Birmingham residents will again be able to challenge council leaders directly – in person and in public – at the full city council meeting on 6 November.
Introduced by Sir Albert Bore, the new Leader of Birmingham City Council, members of the public will be able to ask any Cabinet Member or District Committee Chairman questions during a 20-minute session at the beginning of each of the monthly full council meetings.
Now Sir Albert is keen to encourage as many people as possible to submit questions – via email or post – for the next meeting on Tuesday 6 November.
He said: “We should be able to take five or six questions at each of the ten full council meetings but we are asking people to submit their questions in advance, so due to the Bank Holiday this does mean that residents only have a few days to send these in before the first session.
“With my new leadership comes a new style of engagement and participation with the residents of Birmingham. I want people to be involved with us in governing their city and I want to hear questions about the city council and the services we provide, and we will do our best to answer them.”
Residents who want to take part should email their question and contact details no later than 12 noon on the day before the full council meeting (Monday 5 November 2012) to Council.Team@birmingham.gov.uk or send them in by post to The Council Team, Room B19, the Council House, Victoria Square, Birmingham, B1 1BB. PLEASE INCLUDE CONTACT DETAILS – PARTICULARLY A TELEPHONE NUMBER
Once the question has been agreed, the individual will be contacted with the arrangements for full council and invited to attend and ask their question with a microphone from the public gallery in the council chamber.
The entire question time section of full council has been extended from half-an-hour (30 minutes) to an hour-and-a-half (90 minutes), of which the first 20 minutes is questions from the public. It is one of the first items on the agenda and the three remaining sections of the question time will be questions from councillors to a) committee chairman or lead member of a joint board; b) a cabinet member; and c) the Leader or Deputy Leader.
The dates of forthcoming full city council meetings are as follows:
- 6 November 2012
- 4 December 2012
- 8 January 2013
- 5 February 2013
- 26 February 2013
- 9 April 2013
For further information for the media only please contact the press office on 0121 303 3287.