‘Ask Albert’: Live webchat with Leader

By on 19/10/2012 in Leader, News

Sir Albert Bore, Leader of Birmingham City Council, will be available online from 6.30pm to 7.30pm next Tuesday (23 October 2012) to discuss the council's budget.

The council is starting to consult with Birmingham residents on its spending plans for 2013/14 and is keen to hear your views.

Please see full story below (originally published in the current/Autumn 2012 edition of Forward http://www.birmingham.gov.uk/forward)

For Tuesday’s live webchat with Sir Albert, please use hashtag #askalbert

If you can’t join us for the webchat but have a question, email press.office@birmingham.gov.uk

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Get ready to give us your views on city spending plans

Planning Birmingham City Council's Business Plan and Budget for the next financial year - April 2013 to March 2014 - is underway and, with the country still facing severe economic challenges and a continued squeeze on public sector funding, we are once again seeking your views on our proposals.

Two years ago the Government announced it would be reducing grants to local authorities by more than a quarter over four years, giving the council a major problem as these grants contribute around £650 million a year to the council's budgets.

Significant savings have been made already to this challenge, with targets, rising costs and demand pressures. Some £275 million has been saved for
2011-13. But this means that there are still tough choices to be made next year and in the years ahead - such that further savings of more than £200 million will be needed over 2013-15.

In making these saving choices, the council's priorities will be:

• To tackle inequality and deprivation, promote social cohesion across all communities in Birmingham, and ensure dignity for our elderly and safeguarding for our children.

• To lay the foundations for a prosperous city, built on an inclusive economy.

• To involve people and communities in the future of their local areas and their public services: a city with local services for local people. Detailed draft proposals will be published in November and residents will be able to put forward their comments, views and suggestions from November to January - see below for how to get involved.

Find out more

• Details of all the ways in which you can have a say on our budget plans will be available in November on the council's website at www.birmingham.gov.uk/budgetviews
• You can also email Budget_Views@birmingham.gov.uk
• Or you can send your views by post to: Budget Views, Room 127, Council House, Victoria Square, Birmingham B1 1BB

For Tuesday’s live webchat with Sir Albert, please use hashtag #askalbert

If you can’t join us for the webchat but have a question, email press.office@birmingham.gov.uk

Sir Albert will also be joining Adrian Goldberg on BBC WM for a phone-in on Tuesday morning (11.15 – 11.45am)

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