Budget Views 2012 Blog 1

By on 12/10/2011 in Blog, Budget Views

Welcome to the first of a series of blogs about the Birmingham Budget 2012/13 consultation. Here I will tell you how you can have your say about how we tackle the financial challenge of planning our budget and services for next year, and keep you updated on what others are saying to us.

Today marks the launch of the Birmingham Budget 2012/13 consultation, which will run until 8th January 2012. We want to hear your views on a range of new proposals, so that the council's cabinet members can make fair and balanced decisions when they plan next year's budget.

As you will know, local councils have been doing their bit to help reduce the nation's financial deficit, and here in Birmingham we have already put into action a plan which will save £300m over the next four years.

However some important things have happened in the meantime, most of all the legal judgement that prevented us changing the eligibility criteria for adult social care services without further consultation. The council's Administration has thought very carefully about that judgement and is not proposing to reduce eligibility criteria for vulnerable adults as originally envisaged.
This means that we now need to make a further £65m of savings in the year 2012/13, on top of what we have already planned to save.

Our cabinet members have some very tough decisions to make about how to save this money. We have some proposals about how to do this, and we want to listen to your opinions about them, to make sure your voice is counted amongst the important factors that our councillors will take into account when they come to plan the budget.

If you would like to give us your views, you can:

  • Email your comments on the proposals to budget_views@birmingham.gov.uk
  • Text us by starting 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
    Please note you will not get a receipt for this message
    Messages sent via this service will cost your usual network rate per message and are anonymous unless you put your name in the message.
  • Write to Budget Views, Room B119, Council House, Victoria Square, Birmingham, B1 1BB
  • Tweet us using the hashtag #Brumbudget12
  • Come to one of the public meetings that we are holding in locations around the city over the next two months.

Look out for my next blog where I will post the details of these public meetings.

You are invited to participate in an online survey from Monday October 17.

Thank you for reading my blog- I look forward to hearing from you.

Stephen Hughes, Chief Executive Birmingham City Council.

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