A six-month report has been prepared for the Birmingham Independent Improvement Panel. This provides an update on the progress that Birmingham City Council is making against each of the recommendations made in last year’s Kerslake Review. The panel is monitoring this progress and will be holding their first public meeting on 11 June in the Council Chamber.
The public meeting next Thursday (June 11) June is being held from 12pm until 2.30pm.
The panel will consider this latest report, and during the meeting Council Leader Sir Albert Bore, Deputy Leader Cllr Ian Ward and Chief Executive Mark Rogers will respond to questions from the panel and the public, as will the two opposition party leaders – Cllrs Robert Alden and Paul Tilsley.
Sir Albert Bore, Leader of Birmingham City Council, said: “We’ve made significant progress against the recommendations in the improvement plan, but fully acknowledge there is still much to be done as we enter the second half of the 12-month timeframe to deliver the changes needed to the way the council is run.
“The political will and determination is there – and along with officers at every level, we will put every effort into building on our achievements to date, so the council is as strong as possible to deliver excellent services and to tackle the challenges it faces in the years ahead on the wide range of issues from how budgets are set, to improved devolution and community governance through to the development of plans for a Combined Authority to secure increased powers and funding for the region.”
Mark Rogers, Chief Executive of Birmingham City Council, said: “As we reach the halfway mark on our improvement plan journey there is much to reflect upon. We’ve taken steps to improve the capacity of senior management as the council reshapes itself for the significant challenges it faces.
“Our Future Council programme is helping embed many of these transformational improvements, with one of the most visible early successes being the roll out of the My Appraisal system, ensuring the cultural change required by the council is embedded across the organisation in the form of a performance monitoring system that is fairer and more clearly-aligned to the council’s goals to serve citizens as effectively as possible.”
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