Response to BIIP assessment of progress

By on 20/07/2015 in Improvement Panel, Leader, News

Birmingham Independent Improvement Panel letter to the Rt Hon Greg Clark MP

Response from Leader of Birmingham City Council, Sir Albert Bore and Chief Executive, Mark Rogers.

“We accept that the council has taken some time to get out of the starting blocks in a number of areas but we are confident that we are now moving forward at pace and on all fronts.

“There will be an acceleration of the actions required over the summer, which will include progressing the recruitment of senior officers to increase strategic capacity; running networking events with partners to develop a shared and long-term vision for the city; and completing a programme of workshops across all service areas to develop our financial planning for both the short and longer term.

“We are pleased that the panel has recognised ‘encouraging  progress’ in relation to member roles and responsibilities in terms of employment and human resources; the reworking of district committee responsibilities; the reduction of scrutiny committees; the alignment of the Leader’s Policy Statement and Future Council programme; and the creation of a member development plan that is already being implemented.

“The leadership of the council is fully committed to this programme of wide-ranging a fundamental change and we are pleased the panel has accepted our reassurance on this and that pace will now increase in order for us to demonstrate significant progress by September.”

Media contact: Janet Priestley, Head of Press and PR 0121 303 3531.

News release: Birmingham Independent Improvement Panel assessment of Birmingham City Council progress

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