Time is running out for you to have your say on Birmingham City Council’s budget consultation proposals for 2014/15
Council leader Sir Albert Bore says that, this year, around £120 million savings will have to be made if the council is to meet the expected £825m shortfall in funds from central government estimated between 2011-17 [based on estimated amounts of funding received form central government & increased demand and costs]
This has forced the city council into some hard decisions, making yet more cuts, despite a saving of £375 million already having been made since 2011.
Speaking back in December, Sir Bore reassured that no service would face closure in this budget, but that many would face reductions and some facilities would be lost. However, he also went on to warn: “[…] do not be lulled into a false sense of security, these wholesale cuts will come from 2015/16 onwards.” and urged people to get involved with the Standing up for Birmingham community engagement campaign.
Council cabinet members will take part in a live webcast this evening, answering public questions on the proposals.
Between 7.15 & 9.15pm you can watch members answering questions emailed by residents across the city. If you have a question, you can email it to press.office@birmingham.
Please note: The budget proposals section of the Planning Birmingham’s Future document does not specify any proposed cuts to locally provided services, such as youth services. These will be decided at a district level and will need to amount to a citywide total of £5.7 million (item 45, page 81). There are 8 districts in Birmingham. Northfield District incorporates the Kings Norton, Longbridge, Northfield and Weoley wards. Proposed changes to leisure services are outlined on page 29 of the document.