Budget consultation deadline nears

Birmingham City Council is issuing a reminder to residents, staff and businesses that comments on the budget consultation document which was launched in November are requested by January 17.

Feedback on the consultation document is invited up until the end of February, however comments received by Monday will be included in early discussions about the proposals.

The city council is planning to refine its ideas ahead of final budget decisions in March.

The budget consultation was launched at the end of November to meet the current financial challenge whilst protecting the key outcomes for the city, and since then the council has been welcoming views and comments from service users, residents, businesses and staff.

The budget proposals have been put together in response to the Government's Spending Review in October 2010, which Stephen Hughes, Chief Executive of Birmingham City Council, described as an “unparalleled financial challenge for local councils” and a change in the role of government and state.

Cllr Randal Brew, Cabinet Member for Finance at Birmingham City Council, added: In Birmingham we are committed to developing an enabling and empowering council which helps individuals and communities to become increasingly self-sufficient and take more responsibilities for their communities.

“The consultation document covers the national context, prioritising deficit reduction; a strategic approach to delivering the required savings; and proposals for individual service areas, including savings for each directorate and impacts on staffing.”

Information on the budget consultation has been made widely available and residents, business, service users, council employees and other stakeholders can send comments into the council by email, text or post.

Full details are available at www.birmingham.gov.uk/budgetviews

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Notes to editors

Comments on the budget consultation are invited by email, text or post.

1. By email:
•    Simply email to: budget_views@birmingham.gov.uk
2. By text message:
•    Simply start a new message with the word ‘Budget’ followed by a space (if you miss this word your message will be lost)
•    Add your comment
•    Send to: 07786 200 403
Messages sent via this service will cost your usual network rate per message and are anonymous unless you put your name in the message.
•    This is an electronic text messaging service - phonecalls to this number cannot be answered
3. By post:
•    Mail to “Budget Views, Room 221, Council House, Victoria Square,
Birmingham, B1 1BB”

For further information contact Kris Kowalewski on 0121 303 3621

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