Response from leader of Birmingham City Council, Cllr John Clancy:
“It is encouraging the panel is supportive of the inclusive, transparent and collaborative approach that I have outlined and begun to implement since becoming Leader of the Council.
“It is crucial that we establish clear boundaries between elected members, who should spend much more time looking outward and setting the strategic direction for the council.
“There is still more to be done to deliver on the recommendations that the panel are monitoring but we are all fully committed to the improvement plan including providing effective leadership with partners.”
Response from Birmingham City Council chief executive Mark Rogers:
“The Panel’s letter sets out clearly that we have made further progress, albeit that there is still more to be done. Working closely with the Leader, Cabinet and the wider council, my team and I are focused on delivering more improvements at pace and, in particular, ensuring that the long-term future council strategy and supporting budget plans are in place and that a positive and progressive culture change is embedded across the organisation.”