The Council has set out its budget consultation and calls for comments by January 15th. The plans for future savings entail cuts to expenditure which will rise to £111m in the year 2021. In making cuts, the aim has been to retain the ability to deal with major problems the City faces. Among these: 1 in 3 children is living in poverty; 25% of children are obese; infant mortality is over twice the national average; life expectancy in deprived area is up to 10 years less than elsewhere on average.
The consultation document can be found at https://neighbourhoodnewsonline.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/budget_consultation_summary_2018.pdf
Among plans for reducing expenditure are moving away from residential care for adults and young people, and instead concentrating resources on supporting people to live in their homes. The City plans to close its caretaking and cleaning business; reduce the cost of Education Psychology and school support services such as IT, HR and Finance.
Included in proposals to raise money are: commercialisation of the parks (visitor attractions, and charging for car parking); rearranged waste services and improved income from recycling.
There’s quite a lot more, so do look and maybe then comment.
HOW TO HAVE YOUR SAY The formal budget consultation for 2018+ closes on 15 January 2018: To let us know what you think fill in our online survey at www.birminghambeheard.org.uk If you would like to request a paper copy of the survey please email:firstname.lastname@example.org Or write to: Budget Views, Room M49, the Council House, Victoria Square, Birmingham B1 1BB. You can also attend the public meeting on: Wednesday, 10 January 2018 6.00pm to 8.00pm in the Council House Victoria Square Birmingham B1 1BB.
To book your place, visit: birmingham.gov.uk/brumbudget18