Birmingham residents were able to challenge council leaders directly – in person and in public – for the first time at a ‘Question Time’ style session during the full city council meeting on Tuesday 12 June 2012.
The initiative was introduced by Sir Albert Bore, the new Leader of Birmingham City Council, and members of the public are now able to to ask any Cabinet Member or District Committee Chairman questions during a 20-minute session at the beginning of each of the monthly full council meetings.
Sir Albert said: “We should be able to take five or six questions at each of the ten full council meetings but we are asking people to submit their questions in advance, so due to the Bank Holiday this does mean that residents only have a few days to send these in before the first session.
“With my new leadership comes a new style of engagement and participation with the residents of Birmingham. I want people to be involved with us in governing their city and I want to hear questions about the city council and the services we provide, and we will do our best to answer them.”
To view Tuesday’s Question Time session and for full details of how to have your question heard at future full council meetings, visit the Birmingham City Council Newsroom website