Neighbourhood-level community budgets success

By on 21/12/2011 in News

Birmingham has been selected by Government to be one of ten neighbourhood-level community budget pilots, DCLG announced today. 

The Birmingham pilot will include Shard End, Castle Vale and Balsall Heath.

Small scale community budgets aim to give residents a greater say over the services they want and use, with the local community playing a leading role in shaping public services so that they work from a customer's perspective, testing how local places can make best use of the money that is spent in their area to solve local problems.

Cllr Paul Tilsley, deputy leader of Birmingham City Council and chair of Be Birmingham, said:

“Designed locally and not by Whitehall, Community Budgets give local partners the freedom to work together to transform local public services.

“In Birmingham we are committed to developing successful Community Budgets which replace complexity, duplication, waste and gaps in service provision with effective interventions, coordinated service provision, a more efficient use of resources and increased influence by local people.

“This will make a significant contribution to ensuring that our public services benefit us all, including our most disadvantaged communities.”

Jackie Mould, director of Be Birmingham, said: “Birmingham's neighbourhoods programme, run between 2009 and 2011, demonstrated our commitment to exploring different ways of working at a locality level. 

“We see this pilot as the next step on a journey on which we have already embarked and the Be Birmingham executive board has confirmed the strong commitment of key partners at a strategic level to take this work forward.”

For more information contact Sue Smith, Senior Partnership Officer, Be Birmingham or phone 0121 675 3624.

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