UPDATE 3/1/12 – Consultation ends 8th January 2012 – scroll to bottom to see how you can still contribute!
Birmingham City Council is to hold a series of public budget consultation meetings around the city.
In the council’s last budget review for 2011/12, cuts of £212 million were announced as local government was asked to contribute to central government’s plans to urgently reduce the country’s deficit. However, a High Court ruling deemed their plans to save £51 million in adult social care unlawful when the families of four severely disabled people took legal action against the authority and the proposed spending cuts.
This has meant that BCC have tabled proposals for a further £65 million budget reduction in 2012/13.
Senior council officials are urging members of the public to make their views known. Northfield Councillor Randall Brew, Cabinet Member for Finance, said: “Absolutely no final decisions have been taken yet – now is the opportunity for citizens to make their views known on what is proposed by elected members before our final budget is set next year.”
There will be a consultation meeting at Bournville College, Longbridge Lane, Longbridge on Monday 7th November between 6.30pm and 8.30pm.
If you can’t make this event, you can check BCC newsroom’s website for other community forum meetings around the city.
Other ways to have your say:
- Email: your comments on the proposals to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Text message: Text Budget followed by a space then you message to 07786 200 403 – Messages sent via this service will cost your usual network rate per message and are anonymous unless you put your name in the message. NB: You will not receive a confirmation message
- By post: to Budget Views, Room B119, Council House, Victoria Square, Birmingham, B1 1BB
- Twitter: Using the hashtag #Brumbudget12
- Survey: Complete the quick survey at www.surveymonkey.com/s/budget2012