In a joint statement the three group leaders Cllrs John Clancy (Leader of the Council, Lab), Robert Alden (Con) and Jon Hunt (Lib Dem) and Mark Rogers, Chief Executive of Birmingham City Council, said:
“We accept in full the improvement panel’s latest assessment which sets out our progress to date against the recommendations made in the Kerslake report. The panel’s belief that it should end the current level of intervention, cease to meet and stand back to enable the council to focus even more sharply on continued improvement is welcome news.
We would also very much welcome them back to review our progress at some point in the near future, as they suggest. The advice and support they propose to offer in the interim would also be very helpful.
“The panel has stated we must build further momentum – and that is precisely our intention. We accept there is still more work to be done and at a faster pace. Therefore, we have no intention of taking our foot off the gas and we will be concentrating on ensuring sustained change across the whole organisation and, more importantly, delivering the best quality services and outcomes for our residents.
“There is a collective commitment to restore the city council’s reputation and help Birmingham realise its full potential, working with partners across all areas to continue this pace of change and improvement.”
Note to editors:
Birmingham Independent Improvement Panel recommends stepping back http://birminghamnewsroom.com/birmingham-independent-improvement-panel-recommends-stepping-back/
To read the improvement panel’s letter to the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, Greg Clark MP, and the associated background documents, please visit http://birminghamnewsroom.com/biip-documents/
Update on 25 March
Secretary of State Greg Clark MP has published a letter reflecting the panel’s recommendations. It can be found here: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/secretary-of-states-response-to-birmingham-independent-improvement-panels-final-report