Save Our Services protest – a response

By on 08/09/2009 in News

Stephen Hughes, Chief Executive of Birmingham City Council, has commented on a planned “Save Our Services” protest by Unison ahead of today’s Full Council meeting.

Stephen said: “We note the concerns that have been raised by Unison about the preservation of existing council services.

“At present, we are in the midst of the largest and most ambitious transformation programme of its type - which, when complete, will provide citizens with modern, efficient services that are fit for the 21st Century.

“We have worked on these plans in full consultation with the unions, and it is simply not an option for our services to stay as they are.

“Times and demands have changed, and we are fully committed to embracing advances in technology to ensure that the very best services are provided for the taxpayer at all times.

“While we will change the infrastructure through which we deliver services, by making them more customer focused and better designed to meet individual needs, we will deliver improved outcomes for people in Birmingham.

“We have increased Council Tax by just 1.9 per cent over each of the last four years, while at the same time realising £438million of savings that have been ploughed back into services for citizens, with around a further £1billion to come by 2016.”

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