Less than four weeks left to offer budget views

By on 14/12/2011 in Budget Views, News

Anyone wishing to have their say on Birmingham City Council's budget proposals for 2012/13 has just under four weeks left to offer feedback on the plans before consultation closes on January 8.

Back in October the council launched its most extensive public consultation ever as part of a process which sees the council needing to make £65million of new savings to help reduce the national deficit in the next financial year.

A series of public meetings have been staged, along with two webchats hosted by Chief Executive Stephen Hughes as the council seeks views which will help shape its final plans.

Cllr Randal Brew, Cabinet Member for Finance at Birmingham City Council, said: “The council is the custodian of the public purse, spending £3.5billion of money annually, which makes it important to consult as broadly as possible on our budget proposals.

“This year we've made a great effort to ensure the process is open and inclusive, and I would urge anyone with a view to contact us soon as the time we have allocated for consultation is almost at an end.

“Each and every comment we receive will be considered before any final decisions are taken on our proposals - and we welcome any feasible alternatives that the public may have for us to look at.”

Anyone wishing to still have their say can do so in the following ways:

1. By email:
Simply email to: budget_views@birmingham.gov.uk

2. By text message:
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 and then 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.

3. By post:
Budget Views, Room B119, Council House, Victoria Square, Birmingham, B1 1BB

Click here to take part in the online survey.

The consultation paper is available to download here.

ENDS

For more information contact Kris Kowalewski on 0121 303 3621

Notes to editors

1.    No decisions have been taken on the council's expenditure in the 2012/13 financial year. Following the public consultation which closes on January 8, it is proposed the budget for next year will be put before Cabinet on February 13 and then Full Council for final ratification on February 28.

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