***PUBLIC MEETING Wednesday 19th February at 6pm The Factory Young People’s Centre, 5 Devon Way (Off Longbridge Lane), Longbridge***
Birmingham City Council have released their two year draft budget proposal for 2014-16 for Northfield District.
Northfield District covers Kings Norton, Longbridge, Northfield and Weoley wards.
District committees have been asked to reduce their spending by the Council as part of the city’s restricted budget plans. The city council is having to make savings of £120 million this year and £5.7 million of this needs to come from the 8 district budgets across the city.
The proposals suggest a saving of £677,000 in 2014/15, rising to £940,000 by the end of 2016 throughout Northfield district.
Proposed savings include:
- School crossing provision: Review and management of positions with schools footing the bill by 2015/16 Saving over 2 years: £127,000
- Community libraries: Reduction in staff. Review of premises costs Saving over 2 years: £170,000
- Youth Services: Relocation of service provision where possible and look at how to generate additional income Saving over 2 years: £40,000
- Ward Support: Ward Support Officer for Northfield District could be shared with Edgbaston District Saving over 2 years: £25,000
- Community Development: Community Asset Transfers of centres eg Hawkesley Community Centre, Deelands Hall, Frogmill Hall with financial responsibility handed to HRA Saving over 2 years: £107,000
- Neighbourhood Information and Advise Service: Staff reductions. Saving over 2 years: £314,000
- Business Support: staff review and transfer of IT costs Saving over 2 years: £107,000
- District Engineers: local service review, staff reduction and consider income generation Saving over 2 years: £50,000
It is proposed that some of the cuts to services will be balanced with an increase in third sector provision through the development of “Community Hubs and Neighbourhood Centres offering a mix of integrated services in partnership with the third sector, educational and other bodies (e.g. parish council, volunteers); assessment of Trust options [libraries]; and generation of new income – Friends groups are being established at community libraries.”
- You can download a PDF file of the proposals
- Watch the last Northfield District committee meeting at the council house (31/1/14)
If you have any questions on the proposals or want to comment, you can:
- Contact Northfield District Office on 0121 464 9812 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Attend a ward committee meeting or special meeting (details below)
- Contact one of your local councillors
SPECIAL PUBLIC MEETINGS TO DISCUSS THE DISTRICT BUDGET PROPOSALS
Northfield Ward Thursday 20th February at 7pm at Northfield Library. (Daytime meeting date to be confirmed)
Longbridge Ward Friday 28th February at 3pm at Frankley Library, New Street, B45 0EU
Upcoming ward committee meetings:
Kings Norton Ward Committee
*Special meeting Thursday 6th February at 7pm Oddingley Hall, Oddingley Road, B31 3BS To discuss the Northfield District Budget Savings
6th March – 7pm Ark Kings Academy, Shannon Road, B38 9DE
Longbridge Ward Committee
18th March details to be confirmed
Northfield Ward Committee
17th March – 7pm West Heath Community Centre, Hampstead House, Fairfax Road, B31 3QY
Weoley Ward Committee
3rd March – 7pm Weoley Castle Ruins Community Classroom, Alwold Rd, B29 5RJ
More ‘special meetings’ may be called – we will update you if any are arranged.